Digital Natives (Reading Response)

I self identify as being a digital native. I do not remember a world without the presents of most all modern technologies. I can say that I am lucky enough to have had a dad that kept up with new digital updates. I’ve been told by my dad, that he specifically remembers me getting onto my first computer at the age of 3.

To be a digital native means that you are well versed in digital technology and media, and can easily adapt to technological updates and changes. Despite digital natives not have a specific age group, most of these individuals were raised within the digital age; resulting in a younger demographic. Growing up, I was able to watch and experience the modern development of digital technologies. I learned how to avoid getting hacked through my Neopets account. I learned how to video chat through Omegel. I learned how to code CSS layouts through Myspace. I learned online video development through Vimeo. I learned basic HTML by trying to customize my blogs.

Early on in my adolescence, my mom use to hate on the newest digital technologies. My mom resented whenever I was on the internet. As said in last weeks reading by on the other hand is a digital immigrant. Relating to the reading from last week by John Perry Barlow, and referring to those who want to confine the digital space for digital natives, “[They] are terrified of [their] own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants.” My mom use to be terrified of me with technology.

Since then, following her purchase of an iPhone, my mom has eased up and become a digital migrant. As defined by Prensky in this week’s reading, digital migrants are, “those of us who were not born into the digital world but have, at some later point in our lives, become fascinated.” My mom is just getting use to the convenience and benefits of the digital world.


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