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Digital Divide and Its Socio-Psychological Implications on Rural Dwellers in Nigeria

Digital Divide and Its Socio-Psychological Implications on Rural Dwellers in Nigeria
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Author(s): Afolayan Oluyinka Titilope (University of Ilorin, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 10
Source title: Improving Business Performance Through Innovation in the Digital Economy
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ionica Oncioiu (Titu Maiorescu University, Romania)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1005-6.ch013

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Abstract

Unprecedented growth in the use of ICTs has contributed to digital divide in Nigeria. Despite global efforts in bridging the digital divide in developed and developing nations, digital equality is yet to be achieved in nations. Government's effort in bridging the digital divide in Nigeria has become a daunting task due to several barriers hindering the use of ICTs by the rural dwellers such as low income, low deployment of telecommunication infrastructure, lack of skills, access, language and cultural challenges, among others. In view of this, the aim of this paper is to unravel the socio-psychological consequences of the digital divide on rural dwellers in Nigeria. This paper further discussed dimensions and perspectives to the digital divide, causes of digital divide, global efforts in bridging the digital divide, barriers militating against digital divide, and social psychological consequences of the digital divide on rural dwellers. Policy recommendations were made towards addressing the socio-psychological implications of digital divide on rural dwellers in Nigeria.

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