Digital visitors and residents. Who exactly are they? Is there really any exact definition of each of the terms?
I really enjoyed the readings of David White (2008) and Marc Prensky (2001) who both took different approaches to the topic.
THE DIGITAL RESIDENT
Meet Patrick. Don’t judge alright. He could be the next Channing Tatum. Anyway, Patrick is only 9 years old, and already owns his own personal laptop! LIKEEE WHAT?? EXCUSE ME?! I got my own personal laptop only when I entered polytechnic, so that was about the age of 17…. Patrick spends most of his time online and on his phone updating his status on twitter and following his tight schedule of selfies to be uploaded everyday at 9am, 12pm and 6pm. I’m just kidding. There can’t be people out there who are really like this right? You never know. The digital visitor, according to David White, is someone who “lives a percentage of their lives online”. “They often use the web in all aspects of their lives; professionally, for study and for recreation.” The first people I think of when thinking of all these signs? YOUTUBERS AND BLOGGERS.
THE DIGITAL VISITOR
According to David White, digital visitors are the ones who “uses the web as a tool in an organised manner whenever the need arises.” and “Often the Visitor puts aside a specific time to go online…”. That sounds very much like my mother, whom ever since my sisters and I taught her how to use google, sets aside a time everyday before she goes to bed to read up on the thousands of questions that she has and where google is the only one who has the patience for all of them. (MUMMY, I LOVE YOU.)
MY PERSONAL TAKE
It seems to be that digital visitors and digital residents are not simply those who are in the older generation and younger generation respectively (as Marc Prensky calls them – “digital natives” and “digital immigrants”.) I personally agree more with David White. Many a times, I see a lot of older people who are able to adapt to technology and better able to maintain a online persona than myself, who is supposingly supposed to be more “native” digitally. After all, technology is always changing and we are all learning. I personally feel that being a resident or visitor is more of on a scale of 1-5, whereby it is a lot of the times more of a personal choice of where we choose to be on a scale. For people like me, I could be “expected” to be a resident but however choose to be a “visitor” just because I choose not to, or because I’m just an awkward pod.
But one thing which I think is still the biggest issue in this topic is not on coming up with an exact definition for the two, but rather in what ways are we able to most accurately find out who belong to which group. What do you guys think?
TALL blog » Blog Archive » Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’. 2008 [ONLINE] Available at: http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2008/07/23/not-natives-immigrants-but-visitors-residents/. [Accessed 27 November 2014].
Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants 2001 . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf. [Accessed 27 November 2014].
Other links I have used for my own reading: