MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Keith V. Johnson
Barbara Beauchamp, Primus Tillman
This study examined how much access African American adults 25 years and older, living in Johnson City, Tennessee had to computers, and the factors that most influenced such access. Data was collected from 271 persons living in the area. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS software to determine how certain demographics would contribute to the level of computer access.
Results from the study revealed that a digital divide existed within the African American community, with income being a strong determinant of access to computers. The highest level of access for the sample was in the salary range of $50,000-74,999. Computer access at home was 95.2% and 97.3% at work. Computer access at home showed a decline as participants' ages increased. Email usage was the number one activity reported, at close to 75%, followed by research at 60.5%. Gender did not influence computer access in this study.
Thesis - Open Access
Schreckenberg, Sonja E., "The Digital Divide: A Study of the Intra-Ethnic Divide within the African American Population in Johnson City, Tennessee." (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 863. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/863
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