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Does technology reduce or increase the gap between rich and poor children?

Some people think that the range of technology available to individuals today is increasing the gap between rich and poor, while others say that technology has the opposite effect. On the one hand, the progress of material technology has enabled us to gain access to mobile phones, laptops, tablets and other devices which were previously too expensive for most of people. However there are some people who believe that only the rich people have ability to afford the expensive high-tech products that will help them to earn more in return. Do you agree? Tell us your thoughts.

Seeking Opinion Digital Future 3 years ago
Laura Celada admin
Laura Celada’s Editorial intern
London, GB

1 parent has answered

Олег Кияшко
Олег Кияшко Don't mind my display name >.< Kyiv, Ukraine

Usually, people who think that don't even know that "technology" ain't just iPads or other modern gadgets. Besides that, computers also have various platforms and technical specifications. By design, computers which have low technical specs are cheap, and ones which have high technical specs are more expensive. You know that it's better to have a PC with higher technical specs, but the point is: what's better - a bad computer or no computer at all? I'd choose first - anyways, without computers at all, even obsolete AT/XT 286/386DX ones from 1990's, modern life is nearly impossible.

What's more risky deal for the poor families is the Internet commerce. Internet is dangerous only if used in a way that can endanger your privacy - i.e. commercial online services. They require your personal info submission for the service usage, and often can be malevolent, fraudulent or even burglarly!!! For the sake of the audience appeal, commercial websites often use Web 2.0 design stuff, which may overload old CPU as much as it can overheat and burn out. According to my experience, web browser is one of the most resource-demanding application (depending on website, bandwidth load and connection speed). Often prominent websites offer stuff like "lo-fi versions" - website versions for weaker PCs, PDAs or other portable devices, which is inherently very essential feature.

Another factor that has to be considered, is that at this time, no software is being developed for obsolete PCs or operating systems. You can find obsolete, old but kinda essential software at various torrent trackers, but beware!!!

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