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faryl
faryl
5/28/2016 4:47:59 PM
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Re: The Swiss...
I think the car preference also is influenced by the quality of public transportation or the ease of walking/biking in one's town.

Living close to downtown San Diego, I gave up my car years ago to save on money, but I can't imagine giving up internet access!

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faryl
faryl
5/28/2016 4:44:57 PM
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Re: Simmer
"us high class city folk" - I appreciate you giving us all the benefit of the doubt as being "high class"!

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faryl
faryl
5/28/2016 4:43:05 PM
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Re: digital myth
Absolutely true! I wasn't intending to imply that this particular survey was a sham... I'd just watched the clip the night before and was reminded of it by your comment :-)

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freehe
freehe
5/22/2016 8:18:08 PM
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Digital Divide is a Myth Swiss
That may be true for some in Swizterland, but overall there are millions who lack access to digital content. Some have access but access is limited. For Swiss to say it is a myth just based on one small survey from residents in Switzerland is faulty. The Europe 2020 Initiative is working to close the digital divide. It also includes digital responsiblity and equality.

The digital divide is not just about economic levels, it includes geographic location, freedom to access content, etc.

http://www.internetworldstats.com/links10.htm

http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/11/20/the-changing-digital-landscape-where-things-are-heading/

 

http://www.digitaldividedata.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/low-income-lifeline-internet-subsidy_us_56f5617ee4b014d3fe22f176

 

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dlr5288
dlr5288
5/22/2016 6:07:16 PM
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Re: Simmer
Good points! Yeah it's weird to me when people don't realize that a lot of other social groups need and use the Internet just like we do. I'm glad that this shows just how many different classes of people rely on the Internet.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
5/17/2016 11:07:28 AM
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divide
Swisscom is a digital company that is successful so where does this digital divide come from because we need digital things in the world etc.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/10/2016 3:38:45 PM
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Re: Simmer
 "Isn't the main point of this whole thing that people in the country need and use the internet just as much as us high class city folk?"

There needs to be a study to show that the internet is an important service for every socio-economic group? Hmm. I suppose it's nice to prove the obvious... :P

I kid.. This study is significant for showing that various groups *do* use the internet, even when they're maybe not expected to due to geographic location or economic status. And the importance of the internet over a car is an interesting result....

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afwriter
afwriter
5/10/2016 2:21:36 PM
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Simmer
People are getting a little bit heated over a simple study here.  Isn't the main point of this whole thing that people in the country need and use the internet just as much as us high class city folk?  It is no surprise in any civilized country that this is the case considering the internet has stopped being a comodity and started being a neccesity in many instances. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
5/10/2016 11:55:11 AM
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Re: The Swiss...
You don't see too many studies concerning the Swiss, so I thought this was interesting. I would have to say that using email would beat waiting for the tram to come up the mountainside to deliver a letter. I guess that's why Switzerland is considering mail drones to deliver mail. Also, Switzerland's population at a little over 8 million people is just slightly fewer people than in New York City alone. When I visited the country in the early 80s, I did not see a great disparity of rich and poor that we see in the U.S. I thought the interesting finding was that the Swiss rather be without a car than the Internet. Perhaps they will have their cake and eat it, too, when "smart cars" catch on.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/10/2016 8:44:25 AM
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Re: digital myth
Well, let's remember that this is Switzerland, not the USA or the world as a whole.  It qualifies as a true socioeconomic study no less than a study of US residents and no other residents in any other country.

Switzerland has the world's highest standard of living and is an isolationist nation that lacks the racial diversity of the Americas or even some of its European neighbors.

(I suspect you would find similar results if you polled all of the residents of, say, the United Arab Emirates -- which is one of the wealthiest nations in the Middle East and has socialized their oil fields, such that pretty much 100% of all native UAE residents are fabulously wealthy.)

I am perfectly willing to believe the results of this study as applied to the particular sample while also accepting that the results may be markedly different in a US or a UK.

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