“I grew up in a physical world, and I speak English. The next generation is growing up in a digital world, and they speak social.”
– Angela Ahrendts
In this post, I would be analyzing about the difference between Digital “Visitors” and Digital “Residents”.
Digital “Visitors” gives me the impression that they are people from the older generation who were not born into the digital world. They grew up learning everything physically without the help of technology. Digital “Visitors” sees the web as a collection of tools in an organised manner as it can easily be searched. For example, googling for currency converter. Making use of the Internet to get the information they are looking for will not be their first priority. They are not familiar with the digital technologies and therefore, using the Internet would be a struggle to them and they would choose not to rely on it. This caused them to never think of returning to using the web as it can be frustrating for them to not being able to get the information they are looking for. Thus, they would still prefer to use the traditional method. For example, going to the library to look for the resources.
In contrast, Digital “Residents” view the web as a platform for socialising, for them to express themselves through various social medias. They are online savvy and know how to navigate the web like the back of their hands. Digital “Residents” spends a vast majority of their time interacting through digital technology. For example, an online salesperson makes a bulk of his income selling his product or services online.
Due to the over reliance on the Internet for various needs, there is a tendency for these people to take the accessibility of tools and information through the web for granted. Through the web, “Residents” have online personas to help identify themselves and to facilitates interactions and relationships with others.
In conclusion, I think that the difference between Digital “Visitors” and “Residents” is how they use they web and what they use it for. To explain why they use the Internet differently is also because of their ability to navigate the internet.
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