Limitation and Benefits of the old Digital Divide Economy


(d) Limitation of the old economy

(e) Benefits of new economy.  (i) Low capital to start business (ii) Low unemployment (iii) immunity to boom macroeconomic cycle (iv) Creating of new jobs (v) Practical on the uses of search engine.

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Week 6


Reference Materials: 


Instructional Materials

  • Pictures
  • Wall charts
  • Computer




Previous Knowledge:

The pupils have previous knowledge of

Digital Divide (Features of the old and new economy)

Behavioural Objectives: At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • Describe the advantages of a new economy.
  • Describe the differences between the old and modern economies.
  • make a comparison between the old and new economy




The digital divide is the gulf between those who have ready access to technology and those who don’t.

In today’s economy, having access to technology is more important than ever. Technology allows businesses to connect with customers and suppliers all over the world, and gives employees the ability to stay connected and productive from anywhere.


But not everyone has access to technology. The digital divide is the gulf between those who have ready access to technology and those who don’t. This divide can be seen in both developed and developing countries, and it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.

There are a number of reasons why the digital divide exists. In developed countries, the cost of technology can be a barrier for some people. In developing countries, infrastructure limitations can make it difficult or even impossible to get online.


The digital divide has a number of consequences. Those without access to technology are at a disadvantage when it comes to finding jobs and accessing education and healthcare. They’re also more likely to be cut off from the wider world, and miss out on the economic and social benefits that come with being connected.

The digital divide is a problem that needs to be addressed. There are a number of ways to do this, including providing subsidies for technology, investing in infrastructure, and increasing access to education. With the right policies in place, we can close the digital divide and create a more connected world.

Limitations of the Old Economy

  1. Time Constraint and Time Consuming: Nobody would carry out business when the market was closed. Also, long hours were used in carrying out activities, because these were done manually.
  2. Limited Space: The old economy depended on physical space such as market places and offices before business transaction could take place. Commodities, services and ideas cold not travel far. It covers small area.
  3. Distance: The old economy depended on physical contract as a result business transaction would not take place if there was a distance barrier.
  4. Labour-based: There was minimal use of technology in the old economy, human efforts were invested, and it was hard to operate. Jobs that will require the pressing of some few buttons by an operator on a computer always take lots of people to be done in the old economy.
  5. Tedious and Boring: The old economy is not interesting to use, in most cases it is only one-way, unlike the new economy that you can use various methods and various electronic gadgets to achieve your aim.
  6. Papers and Files: The old economy needs keeping a large volume of data on the shelf unlike the new economy which has created a paperless environment in which information can be stored or retrieved through digital media instead of paper.



Benefits of Digital Divide Economy

The Digital Divide refers to the gap between those who have access to the internet and those who don’t. While this may seem like a small issue, it actually has far-reaching consequences. Here are some of the ways in which the Digital Divide can impact people’s lives:

– Low capital to start business: businesses require less capital to get started in the digital age. All you need is a computer and an internet connection, and you’re good to go.

– Low unemployment: the Digital Divide can actually help to reduce unemployment levels. This is because people who have access to the internet can work from home, meaning they don’t have to commute or take time off work to look for a job.

– immunity to boom macroeconomic cycle: businesses and individuals who are connected to the internet are less affected by economic downturns. This is because they can continue to operate and even thrive during times of recession.

– Creating of new jobs: the Digital Divide can actually help to create new jobs. This is because businesses can reach a larger audience online, and they can also offer services that wouldn’t be possible without the internet.

– Improved education: the Digital Divide can improve access to education. This is because people who have internet access can find and use educational resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them.


  • Globalization: New Economy has turned the whole world into a global village. Space and distance is no barrier.
  • Job Creation: It creates a lot of job opportunities for those who have the required education and training and for those with less education and training. The phone call centre operators, Cyber cafes, industries, computer firms, telecommunication companies etc provided employment opportunities to thousands of people.
  • Low capital to start business: It requires very little capital to start, e.g. starting a phone call centre.
  • It widens knowledge: It broadens the knowledge of its operators through education, training and experience. It gives room for effective sharing of information making the society knowledge-based.
  • Digital Economy: New economy has changed the economy of many countries of the world into a digital one. Today we now have digital camera, digital tape, digital video, digital watch etc.
  • High Output: There is high output in the new economy unlike the old economy where the output is low.
  • Electronic Commerce: Through the new economy, buying and selling is now carried out electronically.
  • Technology Driven: The new economy is controlled by the kind of technology employed.
  • Easy Transfer of Data: Business Transactions are made easy because of availability of information and transfer of data.




These are just some of the ways in which the Digital Divide can impact people’s lives positively.




The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise



1. What are some practical ways to use search engines?

2. How can keyword research help you find the right keywords?

3. What are advanced search operators and how can they be used?

4. Why is it important to use keywords in the title of your content?

5. How can you avoid keyword stuffing?

6. Mention two benefits of the digital divide new economy.

7. Mention two disadvantages of digital divide.

8.Mention and explain five limitations of the Old Economy.

9. Mention and explain five benefits of the New Economy.


Weekend Assignment:

  1. In a tabular form, state two (2) differences between the features of the old and new economy.
  2. ____ refers to the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with little or no information at all.
  3. Old economy b. New economy c. Digital Divide d. Developing economy
  4. Features of old economy include all the following except
  5. It is time consuming b. It is labour based it is mechanical d. technology driven
  6. All the following are features of new economy except
  7. It is Digital Time, space and distance is irrelevant c. It is technology driven d. it is labour based