I was not exposed to the Internet until I was 14. In school we had to do research for a project and that is when I used the Internet. At first I thought it was difficult because the Internet provided so many links just to find one thing, I did not know which one to use. Then once I became familiar with the Internet my friends and I would get on the Internet to look up our favorite model back then Tyson Beckford. We thought it was the coolest thing to look him up and listen to music.
I called my mother who is 56 years old. My mother told me the first time she used the Internet was when I started my schooling back in 2001. When she used the Internet it was to look up recipes or information about her interests. No the Internet is not part of her daily life. Since 2001 she maybe got on the Internet a total of 5 times. My mother said,"She is not a computer person at all. Back in her time there were no Internet or all the technology that is out there today. She does not even text on her phone. If people want to talk to me they can call me". My mother said,"I thought the Internet was challenging because there were too many links and it was frustrating with all the pop-ups when she used to get on it". My mother will ask me to look up different things for her because she does not like it. Plus she is not familiar with computers so that may play a part in why she does not like the Internet.
I do not believe there is a divide to be found here. My family and I are all big on using the Internet for recreational or learning purposes. The Internet will continue on getting bigger and bigger because they just keep adding to it. Without the Internet I would be lost because it is so convenient to shop, to look up music, to research and just to have fun. The social effects will just keep getting bigger as well because many people are finding family on the Internet. Many people are using the Internet to date or find their significant other. Many people use the Internet just to talk with family and friends on Face Book or My space. The social scene is huge on the Internet but people please be careful if you are trying to find someone to date online. Really do background checks and really get to know the person before you decide to meet each other. Online dating can be very dangerous. Sorry I just wanted to add that in there!