Not so native
Forget those digital natives – there is no-one who is highly information-skilled simply because they have never known a world that is not digital. In fact, those born after the 1984 cut-off point don’t possess deep insight into technology, and what knowledge they do have is often limited to use of basic office suite skills, emailing, text messaging, Facebook… and simply going online.
According to a new piece of research from Paul A Kirschnera and Pedro De Bruyckerec, The Myths of the Digital Native and the Multitasker, we should all be wary of claims that a digital generation is “overthrowing culture and knowledge as we know it and that its members are engaging in new media in ways radically different from those of older generations”.
But what about multitasking?
The authors believe that constantly switching between tasks may lead to people losing the ability to focus on a single task and that intensive multitasking may impair performance and learning and possibly even concentration and thinking. “Further, there are preliminary signs that such behaviour may even affect brain development.”
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