Digital natives

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Digital natives are people who have grown up in a world with a prominent ICT culture, and have a natural predispostion towards using ICT to complete tasks. This group encompasses a large section of the current secondary education population.

Aspects of their personality that define them as digital natives include the following:

  • They demand to receive information quickly
  • They can parallel process and multi-task
  • They prefer graphics before text
  • They prefer random access (hyper text)
  • They function better when networked
  • They thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards
  • They prefer a ‘games’ interface

[Steve Molyneux cited Dr. Bruce D. Berry, Baylor College of Medicine, On the Horizon (NCB University Press, December 2001]