Digital Divides: A Connectivity Continuum for the United States. Data from the 2011 Current Population Survey

Thomas File, U.S. Census Bureau

Previous research has shown that computer ownership and Internet access are both strongly associated with economic factors such as household and family income, demographic factors like age and race, and social factors such as educational attainment. This research builds on these established findings by presenting national and state level results of a newly created “Connectivity Continuum,” a tool developed to place individuals along a range of connectivity outcomes, varying in scope from people with no Internet connection or computer, to those connecting from multiple locations and devices. Preliminary descriptive results indicate that connectivity in America is heavily influenced by where an individual lives. Furthermore, these findings indicate that various social, demographic, and economic characteristics influence both high and low connectivity individuals, some to a greater degree than others. The finalized version of this research includes multivariate analyses in an effort to address the question of which characteristics matter most.

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Presented in Poster Session 3