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November 1, 2012 / cassandraanna

Form/ Content

FORM: The form of this third checkpoint is going to be a combination of many of the different projects. My original third was the annotated bibliography, making this the most influential aspect of the new checkpoint. The form of this will be concise, easily read, and fluid from one source to another. With the added aspect of presentation from my previous fourth checkpoint I am going to add a more ascetically pleasing aspect to the original format. We discussed on twitter that while pictures are good I do not want it to get overwhelming, therefor I will keep from having too much distraction while still being less boring than a plane annotated bibliography. I will use a blog post as my means to display such a format. I have yet to decide if it will be one long blog or broken up, but this will come as my sources are collected.

 

CONTENT:

The content of my third hybrid checkpoint is still to be determined. I plan on working with Kieran for this checkpoint because our fourth checkpoint is both the presentation. My focus for the previous checkpoint was the difference between how males and females use the internet. We are not certain of how this should or could be incorporated but we believe we could expand on this to include aspects such as how this effects people in the work place and at home, and who uses computers at which place the most, such as how women are more likely to use computers at work than at home. This ties into the gender vs. sex difference because of the assumed roles society has given to women in the household drawing away from their time and vice versa the roles that have been given to men to be the provider for the family.

October 30, 2012 / cassandraanna

Annotated bibliography

I think that the foramt of this bibliogrpahy is very pleasing. The way in which it is laid out os consistant throughout as far as what is bolded, and not, etc. It also does a nice job of staying concise, which makes it easy to read and not be too overwhelmed. There is not to much going on. On the flip side it is somewhat bpring to look at and easy to loose interest. With that said, because my assignment is to combine both the presentation and the annotated bib I would want to add in a more visually appealing aspect to the assignment.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/cancer/resources-bibliography.html

September 24, 2012 / cassandraanna

Who’s online anyway?

Could you imagine your day to day life without that availability of your cell phone, computer, laptop or tablet? It seems so common for everyone to have one or more of these devices but who does this leave out? What individuals are going through their day to day life without the aid of such devices? Who isn’t on this demographics chart? Why aren’t they there? This plays into the digital divide. We can see just how much of an effect the different categories really do play on individuals. Take geography for instance (community type). Perhaps the number 72 in it of itself does not seem so extraordinary. But picture this. If you were to take a room full of 100 people who reside in a rural area, 28 of them do not use the internet. 28 of them don’t check email, log into facebook, research for school, or play online games. It’s hard to process not using such a seemingly “always available” tool. It has become such a staple aspect of our lives that to think of someone not using the internet is difficult to grasp.

LINK ME THERE

Intro http://wp.me/p2GNmf-q

2.) Whos not on the list? http://wp.me/p2GNmf-1h

3.) Maybe age really does matter. http://wp.me/p2GNmf-I

4.) The great divide: Men vs women http://wp.me/p2GNmf-M

5.) What has it all Come to http://wp.me/p2GNmf-Y

Sources:

http://www.fresheventure.com/85/who-is-surfing-the-net/

September 24, 2012 / cassandraanna

What has it come to?

While many factors continue to play a key role in the diversity of internet users, from age to gender to socio economic status, there are some changes being made.

The “divide” of ethnicity is greatly narrowing in terms of internet us in the Unites States. This divide is continually narrowing. Pew states, “The internet access gap closest to disappearing is that between whites and minorities. Differences in access persist, especially in terms of adults who have high-speed broadband at home, but they have become significantly less prominent over the years — and have disappeared entirely when other demographic factors (including language proficiency) are controlled for.”

While internet equality may never be entirely possible, it is becoming more plausible. In the small time elapse sense internet has started to become a mainstream tool, internet use in the U.S. has steadily changed from,  “a mere curiosity for many, and an interest for only the tech savvy, to a mainstream form of communication for most Americans.” In the past 10 years internet usage has soared, reaching nearly 73% of the American population. We cannot change the mindset of people who lack the desire to use the internet in all its glory, but we can minimize the unintentional discrepancy between those who choose to stay off the internet and those who do so because of lack of another choice. The possibility internet access provides us is unimaginable. The more internet equality we strive to obtain the broader the spectrum of possibilities will be.

LINK ME THERE!

Intro: http://wp.me/p2GNmf-q

1.) Whos online Anyway? http://wp.me/p2GNmf-1d

2.) Whos not on the list?  http://wp.me/p2GNmf-1h

3.) Maybe age really does matter.  http://wp.me/p2GNmf-I

4.) The great divide: Men vs women http://wp.me/p2GNmf-M

Sources:

http://www.nasrecruitment.com/docs/white_papers/Internet_Usage_United_States.pdf

http://articles.cnn.com/2012-04-13/tech/tech_web_pew-not-using-internet_1_high-speed-broadband-internet-access-gap-home-broadband?_s=PM:TECH

September 24, 2012 / cassandraanna

Maybe age really does matter.

  Every year internet use overall seems to be on a steady incline. But there is still a significant gap between internet users when it comes to their age. Teens 12-17 are significantly more likely to use the internet than older generations. Not that this is a surprising statistic, younger generations are emerged into internet use from such a young age. They don’t know any other way. The novelty of using a library to find information is going out of fashion. Children today no longer know how to use the catalog system, and why would they need to when their Kindle can find them any book they could desire? Perhaps the real shock comes from the numbers of adults, older than 65, that have figured this whole internet thing out. Talk about growing up in a different world. Imagine going to college before computers were available to the public or having to use a type writer for every paper. For them, this school assignment to create a blog page would have been unimaginable.

LINK ME THERE!

Intro: http://wp.me/p2GNmf-q

1.) Whos online Anyway? http://wp.me/p2GNmf-1d

2.) Whos not on the list?  http://wp.me/p2GNmf-1h

4.) The great divide: Men vs women http://wp.me/p2GNmf-M

5.) What has it all Come to http://wp.me/p2GNmf-Y

Source: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Digital-differences/Overview.aspx

September 24, 2012 / cassandraanna

Who’s not on the list?

What is it that is keeping certain users from jumping on the internet bandwagon? A Pew report found that one in five adults still are not using the internet. But why not? The most common reason for staying off the internet was sheer lack of desire. The report stated that, “Among current non-internet users, almost half (48%) say the main reason they don’t go online now is because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them — often saying they don’t want to use the internet and don’t need to use it to get the information they want or conduct the communication they want.” They like keeping it old school. Why change the way you have done something when the way you did it in the past got the job done just fine?

The next most common reason for staying of the internet was, “I don’t have a computer or that it’s too expensive, too difficult, or a waste of time.” A majority of the people claiming that they do not go online, have never gone on line before. Additionally they reside in households where the other members also refrain from internet use.

Pew’s research has found that the majority of these non- internet users are older. “59% of U.S. seniors don’t go online. Also, nearly 60% of U.S. adults who never completed high school don’t use the Internet.” The study also found that non-internet users are also mostly poor. “Nearly 40% of people with an annual household income under $30,000 don’t go online. (Pew notes that people with an annual household income under $20,000 are especially unlikely to use the Internet.)”

LINK ME THERE!

Intro: http://wp.me/p2GNmf-q

1.) Whos online Anyway? http://wp.me/p2GNmf-1d

3.) Maybe age really does matter. http://wp.me/p2GNmf-I

4.) The great divide: Men vs women http://wp.me/p2GNmf-M

5.) What has it all Come to http://wp.me/p2GNmf-Y

Sources:

http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/11/27/study-males-vs-females-in-social-networks/

September 24, 2012 / cassandraanna

The Great divide: Men vs. Women on the internet

It is no question that the ways in which males and females differ are innumerous. This holds true for the ways in which they use the internet as well. Today we are flooded with countless social networking sites, gaming opportunities, and means to contact one another. From my cell phone I can bounce from posting on facebook, re-tweeting on twitter, writing my blog, and then checking my email in a matter of moments. But are these actions what my male counterparts are doing as well? Sure there are boys and girls alike on all of these different websites. So how do males and females differ? A study from eMarketter showed that while both males and females are found on twitter, it is females that seem to me the most prevalent, outnumbering boys two to one.

Do these statistics surprise you?

Studies have shown that girls put emphasis on communications skills through the sense of connectedness that they feel. It is through these connections that women tend to find their power and meaning, where boys prefer a sense of hierarchy. This could explain the tendency for woman to share themselves through social networking sites.

OxIS revealed that “Technology is being used by men and women as a different, or additional, way to continue with their existing activities rather than as a stimulus for more fundamental changes in what they do.”Although some interesting results were found. Two activities which are stereotypically female activities seemed to show gender role swaps—shopping and communicating with friends and family. Men showed to be the majority of individuals surveyed who spend an hour or more time a week shopping online. While it is difficult to draw conclusive observations without knowing what was being purchased and what their normal shopping habits offline tend to be it is enough to raise an eyebrow. Additionally the research found that both men and women alike find importance in communicating though email. When asked what kind of communication the individual does outside of the internet it seems that women tend to uphold connections via meetings, telephone calls, or writing more so than men. Does this indicate that men are keeping connections with people through the internet that they otherwise would not have?

Here is a visual of 19 popular sites and their male to female ratios.

Here are the facts.

  • 84% (16 out of 19) of the sites have more female than male users.
  • The social news sites Digg, Reddit and Slashdot have significantly more male users than female. The standout here is Slashdot which takes male geekdom to new heights with 82% male users.
  • If the three social news sites had not been included, all of the sites would have had more females than males.
  • Twitter and Facebook have almost the same male-female ratio; Twitter with 59% female users and Facebook with 57%.
  • The most female-dominated site? Bebo (66% female users), closely followed by MySpace and Classmates.com (64%).
  • The average ratio of all 19 sites was 47% male, 53% female.

LINK ME THERE!

Intro: http://wp.me/p2GNmf-q

1.) Whos online Anyway? http://wp.me/p2GNmf-1d

2.) Whos not on the list?  http://wp.me/p2GNmf-1h

3.) Maybe age really does matter.  http://wp.me/p2GNmf-I

5.) What has it all Come to http://wp.me/p2GNmf-Y

Sources:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/teen-girls-outnumber-teen-boys-2-to-1-on-twitter-stats_b15799

http://educ.ubc.ca/faculty/bryson/565/genderdigdiv.pdf

http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/11/27/study-males-vs-females-in-social-networks/

http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/assets/0000/8363/Gender_communication_survey2011.pdf

http://www.careerwomaninc.com/2008/12/do-women-and-men-communicate-differently-and-does-it-make-a-difference-in-the-workplace/