The Internet and new technologies may represent a chance for social inclusion, empowerment, and improvement of the quality in the lives of many citizens. However, demographic and sociocultural differences often push senior citizens toward social and digital exclusion. The digital divide is particularly pronounced when it refers to citizens 60 years of age or older. In fact, increased age is often associated with decreased levels of Internet access, limited use of digital devices, and patterns of digital connection. This entry provides an overview of the relationship of seniors with digital media and Internet and examines how usage and access may depend on their country, socioeconomic status, education, and geographic location, as well as cultural and social participation.

The Internet and the Digital Divide

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