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Communication Across the Life Span

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Edited By Jon F. Nussbaum

As we grow up and grow old, embrace new experiences, try new roles, and adopt new technologies, our senses of time, space, connection, and identity are fundamentally explored through communication. Why, how, with whom, and to what end humans communicate reflect and shape our ever-changing life span position. And while the «life span» can be conceived as a continuum, it is also one hinged by critical junctures and bound by cultural differences that can be better understood through communication.
The chapters in this collection, chosen from among the invited plenary speakers, top research papers, and ideas discussed in San Juan, explore the multiple ways communication affects, reflects, and directs our life transition. Capturing the richness and diversity of scholarship presented at the conference, chapters explore communication technologies that define a generation; communication and successful aging; stereotyping and family communication; sexual communication and physiological measurement; life span communication and the digital divide; and home-based care contexts across the world, among others.
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Chapter Ten: The Digital Divide: Worldwide Challenges for Communication Across the Life Span in the Digital Age

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The Digital Divide

Worldwide Challenges for Communication Across the Life Span in the Digital Age1

SUSAN B. KRETCHMER, TERESA CORREA, ELLIE RENNIE, JULIAN THOMAS, LAURA ROBINSON, SUSANA SALGADO, AMIT SCHEJTER, ORIT BEN-HARUSH, NOAM TIROSH, SHULA MOLA, JONATHAN MENDELS, MALKA SHAHAM, GHALIA ABU-KAF, QINGHUA YANG, AND SIMEON J. YATES



Certainly one of the most fundamental and significant worldwide challenges to communication across the life span in the digital age is the digital divide. For more than 20 years now since the recognition of the digital divide through social scientific research in 1994, large percentages of the populations of countries around the world have been disconnected from the most important technological advancement in communication in a generation and the myriad opportunities it facilitates, thus setting the life paths of those excluded on a course divergent from the trajectory of mainstream civilization.

Table 10.1 Top 50 (out of 228) Countries in Internet Access by Households, Latest Available Data.



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