Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants

The term “Digital Native” and “Digital Immigrants” were first introduced by Marc Prenksy.

Digital native is defined as native speaker of technology, fluent in digital language of computers, video games, and the Internet. (Marc Prensky) People who are not digital natives are called digital immigrants.

A presentation by Craig C. Battles titled “Capturing the Imagination of the Digital Native” stated several new different skills of the digital natives. The skills are:

1. Parallel Thinking

2. Visual-Spatial Skills

3. Multi-Tasking Skills

4. Response Times

5. Mental Mapping

Further, it is also explained the contrast between the digital natives and the digital immigrants through the table below: