Why a Great Digital Divide is Coming?
“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” -John D. Rockefeller Jr.
You may have to have an appetite for continuous learning to keep the pace of this automated digital world.
A new normal is here.
The digital divide is related to the growing gap between the underprivileged members of society, especially the poor, rural, elderly, and handicapped portion of the population who do not have access to computers or the internet.
The gap between people, households, businesses, and geographic areas at different socio-economic levels is related to both their opportunities to access information and communication technologies and to their use of the Internet.
And the wealthy, middle-class, and young people living in urban and suburban areas.
Causes of the digital divide.
Factors such as low literacy and income levels, geographical restrictions, lack of motivation to use technology, lack of physical access to technology, and digital illiteracy contribute to the digital divide.
Now we are in a hyper-digital automated world that favors those with a digital-first mindset and are digitally fluent.
For some of us, this is scary. The older people and the skills that helped them succeed yesterday won’t hold true for tomorrow.
What skills will be needed in the next 5 to 10 years?
Covid has hyper digitized the world that we know today.
As leaders, as workers, we must assess, design & upgrade our tool kit. And in some cases, incentivize others to do so.
What are the key digital skills necessary to be successful in this next chapter of life and work?
Based on the Salesforce report, the skills are:
Entry-level digital skills.
- Email and chat
- Social media
- Data entry
- Secure information processing