Week 1- Digital Natives


  • The reading challenges the notion that ‘digital natives’ i.e. people born after 1984, are more technologically savvy than older generations or rather ‘digital immigrants’
  • It addresses the misconception that the ‘digitally native’ generation are inherently more advanced in regard to the ‘technical’ paradigm of digital literacy. Rather younger generations are immersed in behaviour which uses technology as “a passive source of information reception and not as a tool for actively creating content, interacting with others, and sharing resources”
  • This is evident in my relationship to technology, as I use social media as a ‘passive source of information,’ often perceiving/ using it as a source of entertainment or distraction as opposed to a tool to be used in the construction of digital literacy
  • Therefore, I agree with Kirschner’s argument that the assumption that digital natives are digitally literate is flawed. That digital natives are not necessarily ‘digitally literate’ but ‘digitally dependent’ in the sense that they rely on the digital realm as opposed to engaging with or utilising it.
  • No inter-relational divide, rather, higher income and education allows one to have better digital literacy skills

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