Impact of the Digital Divide on Computer Use and Internet Access on the Poor in NIgeria

We recruited 20 community members in Ido Local Government Area, Oyo state and Yewa Local Government Area, Ogun state in Nigeria to explore experiences and perceptions of Internet access and computer use.Face-to-face interviews were conducted using open-ended questions to collect qualitative data regardingaccessibility of information and communication technology. Twenty low-income community membersvolunteered to participate in the study. The results centered around affordability of computers and Internet access,exposure to information on the Internet, increasing access to the Internet, training on computer use, benefits for
job searching, and networking. The results indicated the lack of Internet access, affordability of computers andInternet usage, poverty, lack of computer skills, and poor infrastructures were contributors to the digital divide.

Abstract: 

We recruited 20 community members in Ido Local Government Area, Oyo state and Yewa Local Government Area, Ogun state in Nigeria to explore experiences and perceptions of Internet access and computer use.Face-to-face interviews were conducted using open-ended questions to collect qualitative data regardingaccessibility of information and communication technology. Twenty low-income community membersvolunteered to participate in the study. The results centered around affordability of computers and Internet access,exposure to information on the Internet, increasing access to the Internet, training on computer use, benefits for
job searching, and networking. The results indicated the lack of Internet access, affordability of computers andInternet usage, poverty, lack of computer skills, and poor infrastructures were contributors to the digital divide.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Omolara Tayo, Randall Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson
Year of Publication: 
2016
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of Education and Learning
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-6
Date Published: 
Monday, February 1, 2016
Publication Language: 
English
DOI: 
doi:10.5539/jel.v5n1p1

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