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This literature review will evaluate how information and computer technology (ICT) use differs by socio-economic status, gender, and age in social science research. After an introductory section, each of the three independent variables will be introduced and the findings within the literature pertaining to each variable will be discussed. As part of that discussion, I will also compare results cross-nationally to determine if significant relationships related to use are consistent across nations. Since a majority of the articles reviewed are quantitative in nature, most of my review will discuss each variable's statistical significance and whether it has a positive or negative relationship with ICT use. However, qualitative research is also represented in the literature, particularly in the area of gender, thus the quality of information and computer technology use will also be discussed. This review concludes with a summary of the findings, its limitations, and suggestions for future research.



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