‘Technology is Currency’: Lessons from Living Beneath, and Moving Past, the Digital Divide

When it comes to the digital divide, one very important lesson I learned from a young age is that access to technology, and information that comes with it, is currency.

It is how you not only advance in education, the professional world and society, but also how you maintain solid footing in them in the 21st century. I learned this lesson from personal experience.

Born in Camden, New Jersey, I spent part of my childhood in the area and the other part in Puerto Rico. In the latter, my family was poor and access to technology was strained. For years, my relationship with tech was limited to the TV that my siblings, grandparents and I shared. Slowly, my exposure grew — there was a PlayStation 2, some internet access and then a shared family computer — and with it, the world I knew grew as well.