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Topic Technology Interpersonal Communication Imagine walking down the street while downloading your emails to your personal digital assistant PDA or perhaps ordering your movie tickets through your cell phone while using short messaging systems SMS In America it is possible but probably not the norm If you are working for a technology multinational you are probably wired at all times work home and in route to either location Statically in the United States if your income is over 75000USD you are white and college educated your household will be wired Walker 1997 Internet usage which is only ten years old is growing from the high end of the socioeconomic scale and slowly filtering down to the low end Walker-Barnes 2001 Is America wired for everyone What about the 79 of the population who are making less than this amount how are they connected What does wired mean For the purposes of this paper wired and technology will refer to using a computer connected to the Internet There are however many devices that can be linked to the Internet PDAs cell phones kitchen appliances etc In America technology related activities are classified in society as two distinct groups - individuals who have access to computer and those who do not Walker 1997 Children who were eligible for subsided lunches in 88 percent of our nations schools had an extremely low rate of access to the Internet Approximately 11 percent of these children were able to access the net Hecht 2001 There is also a difference among racial categories Caucasians African-Americans Hispanics and Pacific Islanders With minority groups access and use of the Internet is proven to be related to ones income and education Cronin 2002 Hamilton 1998 reported that 82 percent of public schools were wired to the Internet and the expectation was to have 98 percent on-line by end of 2000 An impressive statistic but what do we mean by wired The
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