The digital divide at public library internet access points
What is it about?
We counted who used the internet at public libraries in Austin, Texas. We found that more men than women used them. Interviews showed that most people would rather not be using public libraries to access the internet, but they lacked private (in-home) options. Women and men thought of libraries very differently, with women showing more nostalgia about books and family outings and men showing more emphasis on technology.
Why is it important?
This article is important because it shows some nuances of the digital divide among people who don't have many other options for accessing the internet than public libraries. The interviews suggest the differences in thinking between men and women and suggest ways that public access spaces can be made more appealing to women.
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