THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DIGITALLY SAVVY

Today, cyberculture is everywhere. Our current society is accustomed to doing almost everything and anything we like online. Digital technology offers many opportunities such as being able to speak to and even see our family members from across the globe, to being able to buy a whole fortnightly shop from a supermarket in minutes. “I believe that learning to live mindfully in cyberculture is as important to us as a civilization as it is vital to you and me as individuals.” (Rheingold, H. 2012)

Doing things digitally is the way to go, as it is the most straightforward and manageable way possible to do things, although, it may not be as easy for some people. My generation are good with digital technology. It’s easy for us as we grew up with technology constantly developing around us. We learn how to use technology, the same way as we learn our own language, it just comes naturally to us. We enjoy being online to socialise with other individuals and like to do so on social networking sites such as facebook, twitter etc. That is why my generation is referred to as ‘Digital Residents’. When in Resident mode the individual is going online to connect to, or to be with, other people. This mode is about social presence… A proportion of their lives is actually lived out online where the distinction between online and offline is increasingly blurred”. The older generation seems to be the generation that fall under the category of ‘Digital Visitors’. The older generation are not as familiarised with the digital world as we are. They weren’t exposed to digital technology growing up, so for them, it’s like learning a second language. When they are on the web, they don’t leave a trace of them being online, and don’t tend to have any social networking accounts. It seems to be just a resource to get the task done quickly. When in Visitor mode, individuals decide on the task they wish to undertake. For example, discovering a particular piece of information online, completing the task and then going offline or moving on to another task” (WHITE AND LE CORNU, 2011)

Being ‘Digitally Savvy’ is something that is being encouraged today. Digital technology can be crucial in educating as it unlocks a whole new world of information that we have never been able to access before. Based on my own experiences, i believe it to be extremely educational as I complete most of my assessments for university online while also finding all of my research. While it being educational, it can also be a great way to socialise. It allows us to communicate with different cultures from across the world while also being able to speak/video chat with family and friends that are hundreds of miles away. I definitely see myself as a “digital resident”. I find being digitally able extremely important and practical to us in todays society, whether it’s to educate ourselves or even just to have a conversation with friends.

References

http://daveowhite.com/vandr/ – Visitors and Residents. Digital – Learning – Culture.

Rheingold, H. (2012). Introduction: Why You Need Digital Know-How–Why We All Need It. In Net smart: how to thrive online. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

http://daveowhite.com/vandr/ – Visitors and Residents. Digital – Learning – Culture.

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2 thoughts on “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DIGITALLY SAVVY

  1. Hiya. I found your blog really interesting to read, and enjoyed reading all your ideas. I liked how you explored the ideas of digital visitor and resident and what they meant to you. The use of explaining your different uses for the internet was good to read. I thought mentioning how important digital technologies is in educating people got me thinking as most forget this aspect. Overall really liked it but next time you could include the way’s you could use it for educating others!

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  2. This makes for an interesting reading. It also demonstrates you have started to engage with some of the literature. Your argument could have however benefited from additional academic references to strengthen it. I would also suggest you pay attention to the referencing protocol, rather than just proving links to the sources.

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