In this day and age it is incredibly important to have a good knowledge of digital technology. The current society we live in uses digital technology in everyday situations, from basic tasks like sending a message via social network to booking a holiday on a travel agents website.
There is a huge difference between being a ‘digital resident’ and a ‘digital visitor’. A digital resident spends a great deal of time online and uses it as a place to socialise with others and express themselves through posts on social media. They are happy to go online at any time, even if they do not have a specific need to. On the other hand, according to White, Silipigni, Lanclos, Le Cornu & Hood (2012), a digital visitor uses the internet for practical tasks and will only spend a certain amount of time online. A digital visitor does not broadcast themselves through social media and is wary of this digital technology. They use the internet for a specific reason for example, researching a topic, then once completed will come offline.
I think it is important for people in the current society to at least be a ‘digital visitor’ even if they do not want to necessarily be a ‘digital resident’. This is important due to the amount our society relies on digital technology to function every day. A reason for being digitally savvy which relates hugely to the students on the course Living, Learning and Working in the Context of the Digital Economy and every other course, is that Universities rely massively on technology for their courses to function. They use the internet to allow students to apply for University, set up their personal profile and choose their classes. Universities presume that everyone on the course will have access to the internet and if they do not will at least know how to work the library computers provided. Students who are not digitally savvy would struggle more with the weekly tasks that need to be uploaded on myplace and assignments which have to be researched.
I personally would not consider myself a digital resident however I do like to check my social media every day and use it to communicate with others. This according to White and Le Cornu (2011) may class me as a digital resident. I believe this not to be the case as although I use social media a lot and may rely on the internet to some extent, I do not broadcast myself and share personal information with the public.
Even though I am not fully trusting in social media I do think it is important to have a good knowledge of digital technologies to keep up with the rest of the world which is advancing every day.
- White, D., & Le Cornu, A. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049
- White, D., Silipigni, L., Lanclos, D., Le Cornu, A. & Hood, E. (2012). Digital Visitors and Residents: Progress Report. Jisc. Retrieved 11 October 2014, from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/projects/visitorsandresidentsinterim%20report.pdf