This study assesses differences within the African American population with respect to internet activity. Using survey data, we find wide variations within the population. While some segments of African Americans are indeed less likely to perform certain activities on the internet, we note that certain segments of the African American population are reporting more internet activity than other racial groups. These ‘haves’ score high not just in comparison to their African American peers, but to the US American population as a whole. We suggest a move away from the digital divide/digital inequality models and a move towards thinking of greater or lesser Information and Communication Technology (ICT) usage as conditioned by the instrumental needs of population groups. We term this a digital practice model.
Original Publication Citation
Graham, R., & Smith, D.T. (2011) Internet as digital practice: Examining differences in African American internet usage. Future Internet, 3(3), 185-203 https://doi.org/10.3390/fi3030185
Graham, Roderick and Smith, Danielle Taana, "Internet as Digital Practice: Examining Differences in African American Internet Usage" (2011). Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 46.