("The Internet: Then and Now", 2013)
Moreover, when thinking about this leading question, I immediately thought YES... There is an innate difference between a 2001 digital native and a 2016 digital native. As it is evidently impossible to ignore the fact that the use of social media and technological educational in classrooms show a huge difference through out time.
Additionally, social networking is another lens to which you can look at the affect of communication by technological means. In 2001, the introduction of MySpace, Facebook and Friendster boomed. MySpace in 2001 was once the evident favourite. However today, MySpace is close to becoming expired and many forms of social media such as Facebook (now boasting 1.3 billion users), SnapChat, Instagram and Twitter are now the apparent favourites. In addition to being the top favourites in the social media world, it is currently known as an unspoken rule that if teenagers (12– 24) do not interact with all or at least two of these social medias, these individuals are frowned upon or seen as outcasts. This is because the use of social media has moved well past a “common normality” and has become a "need." .
It is also important to consider the negative impacts of technology on communication.
“So if you take roughly 1.3 billion Facebook users and 450 million people suffering from mental disorders,what do you get? A global pandemic that’s showing no sign of slowing down any time soon” (Norton, 2014)
This quote has highlighted the fact that I should question how social media affects teenagers today in regards to mental health for instance through with the promotion of the ideal "body" or "lifestyle" and also the necessity of posing this assertion to 2016 digital natives as a way of education. Thus, underlining the obvious difference when comparing a 2001 digital native and 2016 digital native. .
Finally, the image below shows the amount of active users on the web in 1993 and 2001 compared to the amount of active users today. We already previously know that just Facebook itself has over 1.3 billion users, so you can imagine how many people use the internet... Thats right, over 3 billion... clearly posing a concern for increasing mental health following on from the above quote.
This gives me reassurance in proving my statement of how I DO AGREE that there is a difference between a 2001 digital native & a 2016 digital native as demonstrated under the umbrella of communication both in terms of education and social networking.
(Number of Internet Users, 2016)
1. Norton, M. (2014). The DangerousImpacts of Social Media on Mental Illnesses. The Next Web. Retrieved16 September 2016, fromhttp://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2014/05/10/dangerous-impacts-social-media-rise-mental-illnesses#gref
2. Number of Internet Users (2016) - Internet Live Stats. (2016). Internetlivestats.com. Retrieved 16 September 2016, from http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/
3. The Internet: Then and Now. (2013). YouTube. Retrieved 23 September 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD2TQx0NaQc