IN SLOVAKIA a notable digital divide exists along generational lines.

This finding stems from the results of a research project called the Digital Gap in the Generational Optics carried out by the non-governmental think tank Institute for Public Affairs between 2005-2013.

The Baby Boomer generation (grandparents) lags behind in the use of modern digital technology, while the inter-generational difference is slightly less dramatic between Millennials (children and young people) and the generation of their parents, Generation X.

While as many as 89 percent of Millennials have experience using modern information technology, that number falls to 71 percent for Generation X and only 35 percet for Baby Boomers.

“There are several factors on the table, such as the accessibility of computers, the internet, or possibilities to gain and develop digital literacy, as well as the education level, ability to learn, internal and external motivation, lifestyle and general attitudes towards modern technology that are based on a system of values – meaning, how important a role modern technology plays in the life of the person,” the project’s author, Marián Velšic, said.

One reason for the intergenerational gaps in digital literacy is the differing internal motivation and external pressure from society. Millennials are motivated by their school and the environment of their peers. For Generation X, the demands of the labour market are a big motivating factor. In contrast, the Baby Boomers are less responsive to such outside pressure, and they are more likely to be influenced by those within their immediate social environment, like family and friends.

Source: IVO press release

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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