Digital Divide: If You're Reading This, You're One of the Lucky Ones [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Even in the richest countries on the planet such as the United States, not everyone has easy access to this cornucopia of connectivity, the Internet.

The Internet is a tremendous growth engine, responsible for 21% of economic growth in the more advanced countries on the planet, according to a McKinsey study.

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While those of us in the United States complain about how we have to pay more for Internet service that's slower than those of other first-world countries, within the United States there's a gaping chasm between the haves and the have-nots.

In this infographic by OnlineITdegree.net, an ad-free website describing itself as "an online informational resource for individuals looking to pursue IT degree of related education and careers," you'll find surprising information about the differences in Internet access in the United States.

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There are vast gaps between Internet accessibility in cities and rural areas, racial disparities in Internet access (which isn't as pronounced as it was a decade ago), and the growing gap between rich and poor and its influence on who goes without computers or Internet access.

Beyond that, you'll see more information about how the U.S. lags behind other countries in Internet technology, broadband speed and access. This is the part that has us scratching our heads. Why do you think the United States lags behind less-wealthy countries when it comes to Internet access? Do find that as frustrating as we do?

What do you think should be done about this persistent digital divide? Let us know in the comments.

Infographic courtesy OnlineITDegree.net

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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