The digital divide might best be described as the difference between zero and basic to advanced technological familiarity among techies and non-techies and the increasing importance this plays in day to day life. Evermore it is instrumental to acquire even the most fundamental understanding of technology in the home and workplace, or risk falling seriously behind.
Falling behind technologically can a have some rather concerning ramifications. At home, it could mean exploitations via the Internet and personal computer, not having the right software protection in place, out-of-date software, disabled protection, to loss of other personal information or identity theft.
At work, it could mean not knowing how to use productivity suites, Internet, email, various document types or not understanding equipment: computers, desk phones, cell phones, wireless access points, copiers, fax machines and the like. This leaves you ill prepared for promotions or simply maintaining your foothold on the job. From the front line staff to upper level management, they struggle with some of these same challenges.
Catch up if you need to, ask for help, self-initiate, take opportunities, make opportunities, take a class, read a book, seek out free online tutorials, do what you need to do to keep up and always push forward. Because just like anything neglected, this will catch up to you and could possibly stop you dead in your tracks. Advancing technology waits for no man! Which side of the digital divide are you standing on?