"It's a wireless, broadband world, and rapidly evolving technology connects us all.
High-speed Internet networks instantly carry e-mails, phone calls and video files across the globe. Cell phones are essentially miniature computers. Handheld GPS devices provide detailed directions between any two points on the map.
But too many people have been left behind.
Internet use in particular and technology use in general are lower among the elderly, the poor, those who didn't attend college and those who live in rural communities, data shows.
"There are socioeconomic and demographic factors that are intertwined in people's use of the Internet," said Aaron W. Smith, a research specialist with the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Experts say this gap in technology use, often referred to as the "digital divide," makes it more difficult for those groups to participate in modern society and the global economy. "
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