This story appeared from the Associated Press this morning: Europe apparently has a digital divide. According to the article, the EU stats agency Eurostat gathered data from across the 25-nation EU bloc and found that there was a gap in Internet and computer usage between those over and under 50 years of age.
The study suggests the divide is more due to an educational gap than a cultural one: 85% of school or university students aged 16 to 24 use the Internet, while only 13% of people aged 55 to 74 did. And only 25% of those who had not completed high school used the Internet. That figure rose to 52% for those with a secondary school diploma, and to 77% for college or university graduates.
Internet use was highest in the Nordic countries (Denmark 76%), Finland (70%), Sweden (82%)...while the lowest rates were in Greece (20%). You know, the place where they hang out on the beaches of Santorini, kick back and drink Ouzo all day. Who needs the Internet when you have Ouzo???
Of course, you could take the Luddite contrarian view from Wired writer Tony Long, in which case less technology means more sanity, and we should all head out to Walden Pond for a little healthy binge of technowithdrawal.
I'm hip to that program...but, uh...is it okay if I bring along my Motorola Razr, just in case?