A: Do you post a video on your recipe of chocolate chip cookies?
B: Do you go online to find the recipe for the chocolate chip cookies?
A: Do you write your reviews on blogs/forum whenever you have a meal at a cafe?
B: Do you go online to check the operating hours/location of the cafe?
If you relate more to ‘A’ you are mostly a digital ‘residents’. If you relate more to ‘B’ you are mostly a digital ‘visitors’. So what exactly is digital resident or digital visitors?!
A digital ‘residents’ is where people spend a large amount of time online. They have the sense of belonging online; they have a social presence too. For example, first thing in the morning, once their eyes are open instead of reaching out for a toothbrush, they will reach out for their phones to check their social media accounts.
A digital ‘visitors’ are people who only use the Internet when they need to. But they will avoid having any social presence if possible.
Dave White created the terms “digital resident and visitors” where he states that the categorization is by the motive or behavior of the users. While Marc Prensky created the terms “digital natives and immigrants”, he groups users by time of birth.
I agree that upbringing will effect on our Internet presence. But doesn’t mean the same generation should be group together, a 50 years old will still know how to comment on Facebook or post a picture on Instagram. And sometimes even an adult will be more experience in the digital technology world then a teenager. Sometimes doesn’t mean updating social media accounts means that you are an expert in digital technology because there are more opportunities in the digital world then just posting a picture of your food.
For example, my mum she’s a vivid user of Facebook, whatever photos she takes when she’s in overseas she will share it with all her friends though Facebook. While my dad, which is the same age as my mum doesn’t believes in any social presence. He feels photo should be printed, sharing should be face to face. Seeing that both of them are the same generation but it’s clear that my mum is a resident while my dad is a visitor. An example like that shows that there is no right or wrong being either a resident or visitor, everyone will have their own views on the type of sharing, the type of communicating even the type of making business.
With that I end my thought of digital resident and visitors. Do post a comment if you agree or disagree on this topic (:
White, D. S. and Cornu. A. Le (2011) Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement, at http://firstmonday.org/, accessed 30 October 2015
Marc Prensky, 2009. “H. sapiens digital: From digital immigrants and digital natives to digital wisdom,” Innovate, volume 5, number 3, at http://innovateonline.info/, accessed 30 October 2015