Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Digital Natives

According to a YouthNet poll, nearly 75% of 16-24 year-olds say they "cannot live" without the Internet. Even more (4 out of 5) turn to the Web for advice and more than 75% say the Web is safe, so long as you know what you are doing. These people - specifically, those under 20 - are now being called "digital natives," as they have always had the Internet. 1/3 of them say the Internet replaces the need to speak to a person IRL.

"For young people the internet is part of the fabric of their world and does not exist in isolation from the physical world," said Lancaster University's Professor Michael Hulme, author of the study.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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