From an article on MSNBC’s The Red Tape Chronicles: “”The Digital Divide” has vexed and worried researchers for at least a decade, raising concerns that entire groups of Americans might be left behind, unable to afford the gadgets of the 21st Century.
Perhaps it’s the social network divide they should worry about instead.”
What is the social network divide? Bob Sullivan, the author of Red Tape, says those who abstain from social media by circumstance or by choice have a different experience of the world than those who are embedded in their Twitter or Facebook identities. Think of invites to events, vacation photos, tweets about all the things that are happening in your life. He says that the biggest motivating factor in people engaging in or abstaining from social media living is the issue of privacy – and that it’s getting polarized fast.
What do you guys think? Is there much to this argument? Is there a social media divide? And is divide premised on privacy concerns?