Interesting Facts: Around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today and just 10 years ago in 1995, it was less than 1%. Within two decades, the amount of internet users had increased tremendously.
Source from: http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/
This aim of this post is to encourage everyone to take a step back and evaluate the role of internet in our individual life which is heavily associated with our topic of the day: Are you a digital visitor or resident?
David S. White and Alison Le Cornu (2011) proposed the Digital “Visitors and Residents” theory as an alternative framework to address the critiques of Marc Prensky’s (2001) scaffold of Digital Natives and Immigrants theory with the intentions to adapt to the fast moving internet trends and re-evaluating based on the increased understanding of relevant field.
Visitors would view the web as a tool, using it as a mean of problem solver and they are only motivated to switch on their devices only when required to do so. Examples as such would be for work purposes or certain form payments to be made online for the sake of convenience. Residents on the other hand, would view the web as a part of their life and to extent their identity. Some activities which a digital resident would find very relatable would be online shopping, social networking or even gaming, with relatively high frequencies. The table below lists various traits to aid in the identification process:
Cited from: http://www.informationr.net/ir/19-2/paper623.html#.VjRdgberSM8
(Source: White, Connaway, Lanclos, Le Cornu and Hood, 2012, p.6)
As a form of self-assessment, I had sketched a Visitor-Resident Map to realise that I am only a digital resident to a certain extent despite spending around a quarter of my life on the internet daily. The web is not just a place for me to socialize but to utilize and handle my institution needs as well as job scope requirements!
This is justified further as mentioned by David S. White and Alison Le Cornu: Individuals move around the box, sometimes functioning more as Visitors, sometimes more as Residents, according to their motivation. Majority of the internet users in the world belong in the box just like myself as the web had grown and developed into a stage that it is too important to be removed entirely from our life.
Dear readers, what motivates you to be one of the billions today to be on the internet as of now?
David WhiteNot (2008, July 23) ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents. Retrieved from:
White, D.S & A. Le Cornu (2011,September 05) Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. Retrieved from:
Internet user statstics: