Technology has become a big role in almost everyone’s lives over the past years. Everyone has different opinions, some love it and it comes at ease where some do not like it because it does not come to them easy. Dr. Dave White proposed a theory about the use of the web, where he defined it as a continuum . On one end we have digital Visitors and on the other end we have digital Residents.
Digital visitors are those that are not on the web as much. Before learning about Dr. White’s theory, I had the idea that those who did not grow up with internet in their lives as much as the generations do now were the ones that disliked or avoided the web. However, White’s theory says that a digital visitor is one who uses the web for whatever reason they may need and then leaves as soon as he or she does not need it anymore. They do not leave a profile that will lasts. On the other side we have digital residents. Those that identify with this side of the continuum are those that have a mark on the web even when they are not using it. They have a profile of some sort, a mark on the web that others can easily access or that others will find. Examples of these are those that create video blogs on YouTube or bloggers in general.
I felt that White’s description fit perfectly with how people use the web. HIs theory allows for people to fit both descriptions, visitor and resident. Someone may start as a visitor and with time grow to become a resident and it can also happen vise versa, first a resident and with time a visitor. Personally I felt that before, when I was younger, I connected more with the resident side because I had all these social media apps and would constantly use them. As life got busier for me, I started moving more towards the visitor side. With this in mind, I feel that I fit right in the middle.
White, D. (2013, May 31). Visitors and Residents [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sFBadv04eY