What is “digital nativity”?
While War Babies (1936-1946) began ground breaking work with digital information systems, Baby Boomers monetized and deployed digital information systems across civilizations, and Millennials grew up in a technologically savvy and connected world, younger members of Generation Z cannot remember a world without the Internet. They grew up swiping an iPad before they learned how to talk and are the first generation to be raised in the era of smartphones, tablets, and laptops more powerful the even third generation mainframes (if any of you know what those dinosaurs were). Members of Gen Z are connected nearly every waking hour of the day.
It Is unfair to point a finger at youngsters, 13- to 23-year-olds known as generation Z and accuse them of being “addicted” to their phones. After all, you’d be hard-pressed to find a boomer these days who isn’t constantly Googling during a conversation or checking the news during dinner. Yet, generation Z is often on the receiving end of criticism for the amount of time they spend using technology. Some of this is fair — it’s estimated that they log about 10-12 hours a day. (an informal news survey found that number to be closer to six hours) and a whopping 96 per cent own a smartphone — but this is less an “addiction” than it is a way oflife. That is just the way they roll. I am 74 years old (a member of the War Baby generation) and I have 200 eBooks on my phone (Samsung Note8 with a 256GB memory card) in addition to 2500 MP3 musical files. It is an indispensable piece of my persona. In my case I have adapted to technological devices. In your case it is part of your birthright and you have a right to have smart devices as an integral part of your life. That is “Digital Nativity”.
Elders of preceding generations question the impact of digital devices on person to person social relationships. I do not think that there is enough valid data to make any predictions nor forecasts. The social framework has also changed as it must with strong new influential stressors with which that framework must contend. A preponderance of “experts” continue to indict the members of Generation Z as being deficient in social skills. Those skills however, must have changed in relationship to the radical changes in social milieu. Those changes may not be known to the many psychological pundits who populate our present social model because they continue to filter through their obsolete social framework.