Who are you in the virtual world? Digital Visitors,Residents or maybe even both?

I find the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” very interesting after reading a few articles on it. It got me thinking of who I am when I’m on the web.

First of all, let me give a explanation of the concept behind digital “visitors” and “resident”.This concept is actually derived from the Prensky’s typologies on digital natives and immigrants.For Prensky’s typologies is very much based on how web savvy a person is based on their age.People that born with technology in their life which is the digital native are much more savvy as compared to those digital immigrants which they just started learning this new way of  finding information and interacting with others.

Once the concept is out, it causes much critique on the validity of this concept. People feels that older people can be technical as compared to those that are younger so a new approach of this theory is created which is the concept of digital “visitors” and “resident”.

Digital visitors is perceived as those that has a goal in mind when going onto the web. For example,their purpose is to find information about nice restaurants to visit in their area. Once they got the information they need, they will log off from the internet.There are not much interaction with others and no online identity being created in the process.

For digital resident, they are a lot more active in creating an online identity as well as more kin to interact and express their feeling with others. They treat the different social media platform as a space for them to network and establish their own image through posting of images and status.

However,the interesting part is that people are not being label as only digital visitor or residents as they can be both based on their objective in visiting the web.Take me for example,I can take the visitor approach when I am searching for valid information for my report and once I got the information I needed,I’ll log off from the web.I can take a resident approach for my private life where I’ll post pictures on Instagram about things that I like and comment on post about topics that interest me.

In conclusion,the concept of digital visitor and resident is based on how people portray themselves online.Both approaches can be efficient or inefficient based on the way how people use the web.

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Self-Test on Digital Literacy


Source : http://www.mathiaspoulsen.com/a-model-for-digital-literacy/

Below is a self-test on how experience I am in digital literacy. (1 being no experience and 5 being very experience)

Some may not know much about what digital literacy is. It is having the ability to utilize valid and reliable information from the internet or any other sources of online information to facilitate in your work.

Nowadays, digital technologies is very much involved in our daily life and with the rapid growth of technologies, it is important for people to understand the appropriate and responsible ways in handling and creating online information.

Self Test 

  1. Accessing, managing and evaluating online information (Rating : 3)
    • Being a student, having the ability to search and evaluate reliable and valid information is a must to have. However, there are many cases in which people are creating false information online. Therefore, I feel that there are still room for improvement for me to develop my skills in evaluating the credibility of information.
  2. Participating in online communities (Rating : 1)
    • So far, I have no experience participating  in any online communities. What I usually do is read up on people’s opinion about certain discussion I’m interested in.
  3. Building online networks around an area of interest (Rating : 2)
    • During my free time, I’ll usually look out for interesting travel post so I created a Facebook group with close friends in it to share information or tips about interesting places to visit
    • I’m a foodie too so I’ll post pictures of food that I cooked or I’ve eaten that is worthy for me to post on Instagram.
    • I like to be a bit private in sharing my post so I usually private my accounts and only share it with selective people which can be a weakness because the exposure is minimal.
  4. Collaborating with others (Rating : 3)
    • Collaborating with others in a sense of using internet tools to make work easier then it’s a yes. During internship and project work, google doc,hangout and Facebook is one of the few channels that is being used frequently to communicate and share information with each other. Even though I have some experience in using online tools with others but I feel that I can explore ways that can help me be use it more effectively.
  5. Creating online materials (text, audio, images, video) (Rating : 2)
    • Last time I used to blog a lot but nowadays, it’s getting lesser and lesser. For online materials like images and videos will be posting up photos and collage videos on Instagram.
  6. Managing your online identity (Rating : 2)
    • So far, the few social media channels that I have right now  is Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Would like to explore Linkedin next.
  7. Managing your online privacy and security (Rating : 3)
    • I’ve mentioned earlier that I’m a bit reserve in sharing my post to everyone so almost all my social media is a private account and only sharing my post to selected people.

After doing this self-test activity, I realised that my knowledge toward digital literacy is very basic and I feel that I can explore more and do better in effectively utilizing the functionality. Hope that after this module, I’m able to improve on the way I portray myself online as well as utilizing the function effectively.

My Score for this test is 16/35.

So here you go…Try it out if you haven’t do so and feel free to drop in any comments or suggestion about this post! 🙂

About Me!

about me

Hi All! My name is Andrea Mensono, a University of Southampton student that is currently studying Bsc in Marketing at Global Singapore Institute Management (SIMGE).

This blog is created for my current module which is Living On The Web (#MANG2049). In this blog, you will get a constant update on my opinions and reflection on topics about digital literacies.

Let me tell you a little bit about me… Before getting into this degree, I’m a student in Republic Polytechnic studying Event Management. Being an event student got me interested in getting to know more about Marketing and how it can help me in the future.

During my free time, I like to watch movies and English series especially comedy,romance andddd animation like the latest INSIDE OUT!I’m a big fan of the English series “FRIENDS”. Will never get sick no matter how many times I’ve watch it.

I love to travel and wish that my next dream vacation can be Taiwan,Korea or the States!

That it for noww!

To ALL… Feel free to drop in any comments and suggestion whether it about the topic I’m discussing on the day or interesting movies and activities that I can do for my next dream vacation!