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Reflection: Do we need more?

The topic of Digital visitors and residents posed many hurdles, despite the concepts themselves being fairly unchallenging to understand. The stand out factor when comparing everyone’s blog posts was the lack of variety between them all. I think that whilst White and Cornu’s concept is a nice starting point, there is a lack of further research. The concepts need to be developed in order to provide more evidence. Continue reading →

A reflection on topic 1

When originally looking at the topic of digital visitors and digital residents, the subject interested me due to the sheer familiarity of it. The idea of being a digital resident/visitor has always played on my mind and has been present in everyday life, although not knowing an exact name for the theory to quite put my finger on. Continue reading →

Reflective Summary: Living and Working on the Web: Tool vs Place?

Before starting the module, the idea of categorising people on the Web into ‘digital natives’, ‘digital immigrants’ or ‘digital residents’ and ‘digital visitors’ has never crossed my mind. Obviously, as a person who is closer to the ‘digital resident’ end of White and Cornu (2011)’s digital visitors and residents continuum, I do use the Web on a daily basis, or even hourly basis. Continue reading →

Reflective Summary: Digital ‘no-man’s-land’

Like most people undertaking this module, I had never come across the concept of ‘digital native/immigrant/visitor/resident’. It was great to see everyone getting into this topic, with different points of view, different ways of displaying the information with some very catchy titles. However, the general consensus I got from other people’s blogs was that there are serious flaws to this theory – which agreed with my own point of view. Continue reading →

Topic 1

The concept of digital “visitors” and digital “residents” at first seemed like a new concept that I was unaware of and needed to research. Through my readings and research however I found I was subliminally aware of the subject and began to draw connections to my own life. Prensky (2001) defines digital “visitors” or “immigrants” as a set of people who are learning and developing their online skills. Continue reading →


Explain the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” drawing upon your reading and your own online experiences to date in support of the points that you make. There has always been the perception that older people are not tech savvy, as the saying goes, people believe you ‘can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. Continue reading →


It is fair to say that the use of technology differs across all groups of people, however the notion of a ‘digital resident’ or ‘digital visitor’ is one first expressed by Prensky. He even goes so far as to distinguish between the two as ‘natives’ and ‘immigrants’ representing young and old, respectively. This widely examined (and often unaccepted) critique is limited in that it is not so simple as to identify the young as technologically proficient and the old as inadequate. Continue reading →

None of the Above.

The idea of a distinction between digital ‘visitors’ and ‘residents’ is a strange one. The suggestion that there is a difference between those who merely adopted the digital age and those who were born in it, even moulded by it, seems fair. But what many attempted explanations and justifications of this rather blasé categorisation fail to appreciate is that the ‘digital’ is not a single culture, originating with the few and appropriated by the many. Continue reading →

Digital Visitors & Residents

In 2001 it was proposed by Marc Prensky that younger generations, who were brought up in a digital world, are entirely competent using the internet. He described these younger members of society as digital ‘natives.’ Conversely, he expressed that older users were still able to ‘learn to exist’ online, but would never be ‘fully competent.’ Something like learning a foreign language. They were known by Prensky, as ‘immigrants. Continue reading →

Topic One – A New Home? Digital “Residents” and Digital “Visitors”

A home you don’t need a life suspending mortgage for, sound too good to be true?  Digital “Residents” would most likely encourage you to get on this virtual property ladder, while “Visitors” may give slightly more cautious advice on entering this domain. These terms are derived from categories that were theorised in a time before the advent of Myspace (2003), Facebook (2004) and Twitter (2006), which helped give reference to the internet as a living place. Continue reading →

So you think you’re a Digital Resident?

The turn of the 21st century has witnessed technology, in particular the Web, grow at an alarming rate. The Web is intrinsically linked into everyday life, however is used to different extents by different groups of people, and for different purposes. Previously, Prensky’s ideas of digital natives/immigrants was proposed (Prensky, 2001), to express the way in which different people approach the digital environment. Continue reading →

Topic one

The concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” originally seemed like a new concept that I was unaware of. Through my readings and research I found I was more aware of the subject and began to draw connections to my own life. Prensky (2001) defines digital “residents” or “immigrants” as a set of people who are learning and developing their online skills. Continue reading →

Topic 1 – Explain the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” drawing upon your reading and your own online experiences to date in support of the points that you make.

Previously the greatly criticised Marc Prenksy made the comparison of digital “natives” and digital “immigrants” in his work ‘Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants’ (2001). To summarise, Prenksy suggests that all students today are “native speakers of the digital language”, they have been born into a generation where they have always known the internet and as a result it has become embedded in their daily life. Continue reading →

Topic One: Digital Visitors and Residents

The terms Digital “visitors” and “residents” have only recently been introduced by White, Manton and Le Cornu (2011). The intent of their paper was to replace Prensky’s existing terms that divided web users into “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” (2009). A “digital native” refers to an individual that was born into a digital era. They are able to use technology with ease as they have learned how in the same way that they learn their own language. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Digital ‘visitors’ and digital ‘residents’

The concepts of digital visitors and residents was born after criticism of Prensky’s ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’. His age related hypothesis separated the youth as natives, due to being born into the digital world and categorised the older generation as immigrants, implying they need to adapt to the digital world and will never grasp the digital experience like natives have (Prensky, 2001). Continue reading →

Topic 1: What’s Your Online Personality?

Prensky in 2001 proposed a theory of digital native, those who grew up with the web, and immigrants, those who adapted to the web overtime, as clearly defined categories. However, I believe these categories are to specific and nobody can conclusively identify as ‘native’ nor a ‘immigrant’. Under Prensky’s  definition I would be considered a digital ‘native’. Continue reading →