digital native

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digital native

A person born in the digital age who is thoroughly familiar and comfortable with computers and electronic devices since childhood. Contrast with digital immigrant. See digital literacy.
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In his seminal 2001 paper "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants," writer Marc Prensky argued that today's educational shortcomings are rooted in the reality that young people experience life and education in very different ways than did generations past.
When I responded with a question, the sender's inadvertently amusing reply reminded me of the deep divide that remains between digital immigrants and digital natives:
The obvious use of digital media by my five-year-old granddaughter raises awareness that the impact of intermedia communication at the age of five in any case is different from the people who do not grow naturally in the context of the world of the Internet--namely the digital immigrants.
As USCYBERCOM and NSA focus on building the bench of cyber security professionals, measures must be in place to protect information as the gap decreases between digital natives and digital immigrants.
Digital Native, Digital Immigrants, Part Il: Do They Really Think Differently?
Additionally, over half (54 percent) of digital natives say 'I prefer texting people rather than talking to them' compared with 28 percent of digital immigrants.
Kids are digital natives, we are mostly digital immigrants.
IT HAS BEEN ALMOST A DECADE since Marc Prensky wrote about digital natives and digital immigrants (2001 a, 2001 b).
Finally, Digital Immigrants are those who "learned how to e-mail and use social networks late in life.
For the digital immigrants, perhaps our most valuable contribution, following McLuhan's prescription, is not to condemn outright but to listen and to watch, and to learn from the natives so that we might reveal to them something of the invisible in what for them is the obvious.
The whole notion of digital natives and digital immigrants, it's very relevant at this point," said Terry McKenzie.
Cerveny urged digital Immigrants (age 40 and up) to get help from digital natives, those under 40 who grew up with computer technology, if they feel unable to cope with the growing flood of mobile devices and Internet applications that teenagers take for granted.

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