We did not successfully communicate how serious the Digital Literacy issue is in the U.S. and world-wide at this time. This is evident by the lack of support for our campaign, so we are terminating it early, but we will be back.
When I first noticed the crisis level of digital literacy and created the website, discovery of such a volume of incidents that could have been avoided by increased digital literacy was very overwhelming. I was and still am, a novice at journalism and website design but do my very best.
But now as the website evolves its visitor numbers are constantly increasing which indicates communication is increasing and the word is getting out. I must admit that this endeavor requires patience and I have always been rather impatient.
I also realize that this isn’t a popular cause for current generations, even though they may have friends and acquaintances that aren’t very good at using a mobile device. Not to mention they may also have family members that may not be tech-savvy-pros.
But for followers and fans I apologize for the failure of this effort, but we will try again in the near future after numbers on the website become higher. After all when it comes to learning to use a mobile device, volunteers, family members and friends can only assist so much.
How serious is this issue? Critically serious. I do my best not to be morbid or extreme in detailing consequences of being on the wrong side of the digital divide. Please see the website about page. But the number of fatalities as a result of these consequences is totally unacceptable. Knowing how to fully use a mobile device in critical situations can save lives or reduce serious injuries before, during or after these incidents.
There is no need to wait until consequences reach epidemic proportions before addressing this issue.
Literacy in the Digital Divide must be addressed in an easily accessible effective manner that has yet to be provided. An increase in Digital Literacy is needed not only for society but also for businesses in this era to thrive. It benefits us all for everyone to get a little tech-savvy.
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