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Digital Literacy: Hardware and Software: Newaygo County, MI - Households

Digital literacy is the “ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.” This definition of digital literacy from the American Library Association succinctly describes the goals of measuring and improving the digital literacy in a community. Technology skills are critical for competing in the global, digital economy, and for fully leveraging internet connectivity for improving quality of life.
The charts above compare the average self-reported digital literacy of residents in the community as well as those in other Connected communities among various hardware and software applications. Some of the devices and applications, (such as desktop, laptop, mouse and keyboard, internet browser, etc.) are critical to leveraging the most basic functions of the internet, while others, (such as wearable technology, word processing, 3D modeling, etc.), are more advanced skills used on the job or elsewhere.