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According to Pew Research Center, 77% of seniors report that they would require assistance when trying to learn how to use a smartphone or tablet. Additionally, of those who are already on the internet but do not use social networking sites, 56% percent say they would need help to connect with friends and family.

The Pew Research Center also found that American’s digital literacy is lacking, with only 40 percent of adults answering questions about technology correctly. Aniya Faulcon of WITF recently interviewed Dr. Bruce Young for an extended segment on technology literacy and cybersecurity for The Spark.

Dr. Young leads the cybersecurity programs of study at Harrisburg University.  Young said, technology is advancing much faster than humans can adapt, with advancements in technology like artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and quantum computing. He said, these advances were created to make things convenient and simple, but the technology is more complex.

Information literacy is one of the eight core competencies that the University instills in its students as part of its core curriculum.  This encompasses knowledge and familiarity with different media types, efficient data storage, retrieval methods, and research techniques.

Listen to the segment here


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