By: Connor Judson Garrett – June 6, 2016
A digital native is an individual who was born after the widespread adoption of digital technology. The term was popularized by education consultant Prensky in his his 2001 article titled “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants,” and is often used in relation to millennials.
However, not all millennials are digital natives in actuality. Despite growing up in the middle of this era when technology has become prevalent in nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives, I spent my free time outdoors.
I didn’t even have Facebook or any other social media until about six months ago. When it comes to technology I relate more to the older generations than my own. I considered social media to be a waste of time and an exercise in vanity. Ironically, I’m writing under the assumption that this will interest someone, which is a bit vain as it is, but I’ve learned quickly that in today’s marketplace – whether, it’s jobs, dating, or just staying current, online presence is a must.
I was taken aback when I graduated and began applying for jobs in my desired career path how many asked for your social media links and your blog. I was unprepared. This rude awakening caused me to get into social media, which warmed me up to other apps designed for making life easier. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter make socializing an activity without borders, much in the same way there are apps designed for transferring money, and almost any other task you can think of.
As someone who’s been technology illiterate I can empathetic, but it’s worth embracing this change.