Thursday, November 6, 2008

How has technology influenced your generation?



A digital native is a person who has grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones and MP3. A digital immigrant is an individual who grew up without digital technology and adopted it later.

Blog your feelings about this statement.

32 comments:

Sutech 911 on November 6, 2008 at 12:47 PM said...

It makes sense if your born with something your native to it... and the older generation who didn't have any of the technology till today is an immigrant to the world of technology.

I am supposed to be teaching my grandpa how to use a computer so he can do sweepstakes, and he cant even turn it on. I dont say this to be mean to my grandpa. I have grown up with alot of technology surrounding me, i would go crazy with out my computer and phone. Two objects that my grandparents cant use. Most days my mom cant even run a computer. It is very noticeable, an native and an immigrant.

The only problem i see with such thing as this, is the fact that eventually we will become too dependent on technology for everything. Then it wont take anything for someone to completely annihilate us.

Ramon said...

well the digital native people are good in life because they are always with technology and they know how to us it earlier then those of the digital immigrants. and for those digital immigrants of course life won't be such as easy for them but then again it could be easier then those of the digital native people.

to my thoughts digital immigrants have a easier life. because digital native will have no learn so much more... with the new devices and to keep up to date... and the digital immigrants won't have to worry about it. they really don't even have to learn the new technology at all if they don't want to.

but if the digital immigrants want a good job. say computer programming and they want to go into that that means they will have to learn so much about computers that they will need to go through a lot of teachings. now with the digital native people they will be able to get the good jobs that have to deal with the new technology because they grow up with it and know it way better then the immigrants.

school will become easier for the native specially if its in the oneill or the schools who have the computers. they will know how to use them before the digital immigrants would cause they will have to learn how to use the computers and understand them. and of course ask a lot of questions before they can understand them.

now for the internet the natives will know what to look for and were to look for it. for the immigrants they will ask the natives on were to go. what to type for. what good websites . and if the sources are reliable. but then again they will just find a website copy and paste and accused as plagiarism.

mobile phones now days are the big thing you can say it. but they have many features i think are pointless for the immigrants to learn. such as the online internet. such things as adding new features like xm radio pandora music radio. adding msn messenger aim or any other messenger. knowing scores of games and and news is kinda another pointless thing to me at least for a immigrant to learn. for the native it could be the best thing in the world. but the actually cell phone usage for making calls the native can do it really fast with no hassle for the immigrant the poor little bugga will have to hit around keys to find out whats hes doing end up calling people he don't know and maybe just take forever learning this new device. This could be a dangerous as in for he won't know what to do as if a emergency comes along.. for all he knows he will go up to somebody and ask the number for 911 if that just be old fashion and call out for help!!!


Mp3 players what can i say they play music! to out little finger tips there so portable people carry them in just about any little place they can fit. they native people love them because they can take there music off the computers and put them on the mp3 and travel were ever they go jamming out to barbie girl, barnie, or there favorite im a gummi bear. but there skipping down the road singing it.

now the immigrants there more of the actually rockers. they go out and play the instruments. and create there own music. they were the kids who beat on pots and pans to make there wonderful music become enjoyment.

there i said it all i think.. some may be repeated some may not. some might not even have to deal with this blog at all. so i'll see you all later im going to go turn in some late homework to mr peterson now!!! LATA!!!

p.s HA!!! BEAT THIS BRETT!!!!

Ramon said...

p.s.s i agree with seth. there are people that depend on technology way to much. they will end up depending on it so much people will get lazy and become more stupid. i mean look at the movies they come out with today. like i robot they have them pretty much be maids. soon they will end up making the robots to smart and it will become slavery all over again but with robots controlling the earth instead of us. but what if all this technology fails? what will the people do that trust in the technology so much? they will panic, freak out, and end up causing a huge catastrophe. and the people who don't depend on them will still live good and just laugh at all the puny little natives hahahaha

Trevor D said...

I am a digital immigrant. I didn't use technology until I got hotmail. I thought it was the coolest thing ever so I started using the computer more. My grandma just got a laptop. From What I know of she isn't having too much difficultly with it but no one tells me anything so I could be wrong(ha ha).

Shaylee T said...

I consider myself to be a digital native. I get really fustrated with people, like my parents, who don't know how to use the computer or a phone. Its hard for me to understand that they never grew up around it like I did. It was easy for me to learn things on my own with a cell phone or laptop so I hold those expectations for others, which isn't right.

Brett on November 6, 2008 at 1:57 PM said...

All I can say is that technology greatly influences what we do and how we react in our world.

As children we were introduced to many electronics that our parents didn't have until their mid teens and maybe early 20's. My mom has told me the story about how she bought her parents a color television.

When we were in school our parents used typewriter and (maybe) calculators whereas we, or at least myself, were trained on the iMac G3 computers.

My mom, a digital immigrant, just learned how to turn on a computer and browse simple e-mail last year, this year she's just getting into online forums and games. I, a digital native, have been using a computer for email, gaming, and forums since I was eight years old.

My dad, another digital immigrant, can barely use his cell phone let alone a computer, my dad can send simple text messages but nothing great and long as I send to my friends.

In the future a digital immigrant will be impossible to find, we are pretty much forcing technology into our children's hands, so they will forever be using it because they don't want to resort to simpler, more complex ways of doing things.

Technology will continually advance, but with the media and easy access to the technology we will no longer have "digital immigrants" around, we will only have digital natives because, like I said before, our children will be born into this world of technology and will therefore be experienced in it.

Well, I might not have beaten Ramon, but that's just fine with me, I am not trying to do this as a race. In fact, me making my long blogs worked just how I planned, I finally got people to post more than a few crappy little sentences that did nothing but outlining the main idea in the main blog. I do outline but I also give examples!

Anyhow that should be all, I am finishing this blog, thank you for challenging me Ramon.

Justin Campbell said...

well, being raised with technology I say it is easier to just know how to do it and not learn at the age of five my mom and I were about the same at playing Nintendo Entertainment System (NES),1985, and, today sense i started out with something like that i have been able to adapt to the newer consoles such as Playstation 3 (PS3), 2006, and Xbox 360, 2006, and she couldn't even play the Nintendo 64, 1996. I think if you set your mind to it, it doesn't matter because my mom became really smart with computers and they are a big part of here job and i became good at the funner side of computer and well, that is because we both love what we chose. sometimes it doesn't matter where you were raised because a lot of people will adapt it is natural to do so.

Taylor L. said...

I find it really frustrating when people, often times older adults, don't know how to operate something as simple as a cell phone or even a TV remote. It seems so easy for myself and other students to utilize an electronic device and I sometimes forget that most adults didn't grow up with technology, so it doesn't come 'naturally' for them.

Clare A. said...

I think I'm a technology native. When I was like five I was around my sister using the computer all the time and it does kind of frustrate me when my parents can't use a simple cell phone or laptop. But they are slowly getting better and learning. But I'm not like a genius with computers or phones but I can navigate myself and solve a lot of general problems I have with technology.

Liz on November 7, 2008 at 9:22 AM said...

I would say that I am a native to technology. I take for granted knowing how to operate a cell phone, laptop, or an ipod even. My mom has know idea how to use any of it. She didn't grow up with it so she's not as familiar with is as I am. My dad on the other hand knows how to operate a cell phone and a computer but he doesn't know how to do much with them. I get really frustrated when I try to teach them because I have to go through every little step which I think is common sense.

Kelsie N. said...

I consider my self a native immigrant, because cell phones have been around for awhile and I didn't get one until last year. I have been around computers for awhile. It's hard to remember that my parents didn't grow up with a lot of technology. My dad always asks me how to work the remote if something gets messed up. It is easy to tell who is a digital native and who is a digital immigrant.

Katie said...

I find it really frustrating when older people can't do things on computers, or cell phones. Just because our generation now is so high on technology now.

Molly Wettlaufer said...

I don't really know how i feel about this new generation technology. I believe it is very important to learn how to read and write on paper, but on the other hand we should start out young on this technology stuff, because that is what our world is coming too, and they always say "you can't teach a old dog new tricks".
So i guess this new generation should be learning both of these great educational purposes.

Ashley said...

I don't agree with all of the new technology. I think that to some point people need to go back to the way it was when you learned everything with pencil and paper. I think that to a certain extent technology has ruined some people. You go into certain stores and some people don't know how to count change back, the computer tells them and that is what you get. I think that technology has changed a lot of how things are taught and how people learn from this. Yes technology is a great thing, but sometimes I think we are wasting our time with it.

Britany G. said...

It would make sense that a person born with all the technology now would have a much easier time getting to know how to use it because they would be using it since they were born. Comparing that to an adult who just started using internet and advance technology more recently they would have a harder time learning how to use it all and adapting to a world depending so much on technology.

When is get on the internet i just click and can type somewhat fast, but i was taught in a typing class too. My grandparents on my dads side of the family type really slow and only get on the internet check their e-mail account, they don't even bother playing on games and other stuff like that.

My grandparents on my mother's side, on the other hand, are just a few years younger and use the computer and other technology, like new cell phones, all the time. My grandpa is a truck driver and to find loads he can take he needs to use the internet and my grandma works from home for a hotel company.

I think that since our generation has grown up with technology it is much easier for them to use new technology as it comes out.

Lorissa said...

My dad had trucks and the dirt when he was little, while my brother some time later, had the video games in the early 90's and still plays them to this day. My dad has no idea how to use the internet nor computers, he barely knows how to even text.My dad has to individually find the keys on a computer, and my brother types faster than you can speak. So my dad is definitely not a native. My brother however is a native, even though he was in the beginning of the new technology, he still can understand all the new stuff.

Will M. said...

It makes sense to me because in general the people who are older that grew up without the technologies we have take longer to get used to them. As with my parents and elders it takes them awhile to get used to the technology of today. Once they get used to it ,though, they like it just as much as all us natives.

Angelea M. said...

Technology has just made life easy in the sense of work or school. Because of the new advancements in technology, my generation is able to do what older generation have done, but easier and faster. Take emailing for example, which is very basic to my generation, it may be difficult for other generations to use, but they are doing it and it faster than writing a letter and waiting for the person to get it. Also because of technology it has opened the doors to many new jobs. But a down-size could be that now you see young people on their cell phones or on the internet all the time and that can also corrupt many. But when I think of how it has influenced my generation, I think of a huge advancement.

Kimberly on November 7, 2008 at 12:46 PM said...

I agree with this statement. I think that in the future most everyone will be a digital native but as for now our parents and grandparents are considered a digital immigrant because they didn't know how to run the computer or any other technology but picked it up just recently either by teaching themselves or learning from an outside source. The same with a phone but i think my grandparents are less familiar with the phone than my parents but thats because phones were not a necessity in their childhood like they are today and most people didn't have cell phones. So texting and using the internet on their phones seems complicated if not useless to them. You always hear older people commenting that nowadays kids are born with a cell phone attached to their ears.. i have actually been told that :) even ring tones startle my grandparents.. they cant get over the concept that its possible for your phone to play a song rather than beep.

ashley b. said...

Well I think with all this technology it is not my thing that i want to do all day. I have things that needs taken care of and i never use the internet; only at school. I never do depend on technology. Technology is not my thing. Well everybody depends to much on technology.

Kristin G on November 7, 2008 at 1:19 PM said...

Our generation is definitely technology natives. I am glad that we are and I think we benefit more than technology immigrants, because we understand how electronical devices work and can not only be productive with those already developed but we can assist in the development of future technology. We are growing with the technology, whereas technology immigrants have to catch up to the technical world first.

~*~ JaCqUeLiNe ~*~ on November 7, 2008 at 1:37 PM said...

I think that statement is a very accurate statement because if you grow up around technology you are a native to it. If you come in to anything new you are in a sense an immigrant. This statement is very true for our generation because we are in a time where technology is advancing very rapidly. The next generation will be even more of a digital native than our generation.

Jacob George said...

I think that it will soon enough make all people digital natives and everyone will use a computer people will be forced at some points in their lives to use that kind of technology.

The Candyman on November 7, 2008 at 1:39 PM said...

I feel that technology is what makes us human, without any technology we would still be cavemen/cavewomen.
Technology is a good thing, but too much of it and we become dependent on it and helpless without it. Even if you have technology you must still be able to function without it and if you can't, thats when your dependent on it

Jordan McCray said...

I think that having technology for our generation is good because you learn more with technology. I always find my mom asking me to put music on her phone and then watch her get frustrated on how to do it. For us teenagers it's a piece of cake and for other elderly people they don't even no what where the power button is. Our generation is survived by technology and i'm sure we would all have a hard time without it because it's all we no. Adults either have their children teach them how to use technology or they take classes to learn it. Overall, technology has influenced us to learn more about it and use it in everyday life.

Courtney said...

If you were born with the technology and yeah of course you should know how to use it..but if you werent born with the technology then yeah you will have to learn how to use it and just play around with it..you will have to learn how to use it sooner or later..

Keshia said...

I consider myself to be digital native. I think that most kids are these days just because were always around and using technology. Technology comes easy to us because we started using it at a young age. I think it comes harder to our parents or older people because like anything its easier to learn something when your young rather than when your old.

KAITLYNN K said...

I think if your not a digital native that you have really no choice but becoming a digital immigrant, it just what or society requires unless of course your Amish. I find it is very frustrating, for both those who are and who are not a digital native. For example I have to watch what I say to my mom because I say I.D.K. her and she has no idea what that means. All this technology is great, no pun intended here, but sometimes I feel like there is a technology overload. I think our generation has been influenced by technology by the increase of creative outlets and so much more information, I wouldn't say were are smarter than other generations but we are more knowledgeable, and if we don't know we know were to get it. We chatted with people across the world and shared ideas, sparked interests and shrunk the world, into a digital machine that fits into our pockets. I think this gap between digital natives and digital immigrants will only widen along with the generation gap.

KAITLYNN K said...

P.S. Wait a second, aren't we all digital immigrants? I mean there is always a new technology or a new upgrade almost every week, that even digital natives have to adopt

Brook Schultz said...

It makes sense. I think of myself as a native because i have used technology since i was old enough to know what it was. The first computer i ever used was an old Macintosh in kindergarten. I get angry wit people who don't know how to use a cell phone or even turn on a computer. My dad is technologically challenged (big time) but he is learning. He can actually send a text message now; thats exciting. So my parents are immigrants.

April Babutzke said...

I really don't know what to think, I mean it's pretty cool that a one year old can use a phone but all he was doing was going from picture to picture and that was it, but if he could do other stuff it would be pretty amazing, and scary because if that knowledge gets into the wrong hands it can end up horribly bad. I think it's also sad that technology has become so much part of our lives that we can't rely on anything else! It's just so pathetic. We need to be relying on mother nature right now because you can't beat her at her own game, she will destroy you and anything that gets into her way! No joke!

NICK said...

Today we have a lot of technology digital things as computer that we use everyday. I think most of people used computer. The new technology made us more comfortable made life more perfect. Technology are alway develop the new issue will came out everyday. I am pretty sure that technology in today might be influenced the people.

 

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