Sociodigital Revolution: Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants

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The purpose of this article is to review what engages digital natives, i.e., children and adolescents who have, from the beginning of their lives, been socialized to use sociodigital technologies. Surveying the research literature, we present findings as to what pursuits digital natives find interesting, motivating, and involving in both informal and formal learning environments drawing upon motivation theories of flow and engagement. Our conclusion, in this article, is that adolescents' ways of engaging in using digital technologies are heterogeneous; a minority of young persons has access to parental or peer support and facilitation that engagement in creative use of digital technologies together with their own motivation and efforts may require. Although sociodigital technologies facilitate creating and maintaining extended networks, cultivating technological fluency, and participating in passionate interest communities and networks, there are worrisome trends; these include ‘addictive’ use of technology, fragmented processing of information, and ‘digital divides’ between creative and educational use of sociodigital technologies.
Titel på gästpublikationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
RedaktörerJames D. Wright
Antal sidor6
VolymVolume 22
FörlagElsevier Scientific Publ. Co
Utgivningsdatum17 feb 2015
UtgåvaSecond edition
ISBN (tryckt)978-0-08-100417-3, 978-0-08-097086-8
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-0-08-097087-5
StatusPublicerad - 17 feb 2015
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


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