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Today I will bring you guys my final blog post.

From initially reading this question I can assume most have you will have very strong opinions and thoughts whilst being at an age where generations younger then us are completely spiralling out of control with the concept of technology. This possibly including the obsession with social media, the lacking in ability to even write with a pencil, as typing is the norm these days… or even just reading the news off social medias most commonly used app among teens; Snap chat…Pick up a newspaper!


When thinking of this question in relation to my own life, I remember last night. I was on Snap chat and placed a joint filter over mum and I allowing us to both have a funny warped face. I then sent the photo to my sister who was also situated on the same lounge. She then replied on the chat with “hahaha”. This shocked me. She could have laughed aloud about the photo, however instead she kept a straight face and replied on the chat. I believe it is plain sad that I can or could not watch TV with my family, without constantly having two social media apps open at a time, one being snapchat. It is also disheartening that I could not reach to my sister and show her the photo to interact with her physically... instead I interacted socially through technology. 


Whilst understanding our current youths obsession with technology, there are also serious ethical problems when understanding this driving question. Social media for my first example, is highly dangerous when understanding predators and young girls are severely unaware of the dangers they attract when uploading photos in bikinis (& what not).  It is also evident that teenagers are highly susceptible to receiving mental disorders. This including depression or eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) from looking at constant photos of "attractive" and "better looking" people whilst their own self esteem diminishes. I personally did not make an Instragram account for this very reason. 


I am personally terrified of the time I reach the age of when I would like to have children and the dangers that technology may bring them. I am terrified of how it will impact their lives, especially their mental psyche. It is almost sickening the obsession with technology that has boomed in the last 10 years. I fear this boom will only increase. Everyday life never used to consist of this…


The images below are confronting and should allow you to understand the impacts that technology has on humans today as well as the ethical issues which greatly affect this concept.



technology | realhonestmum. (2016). Realhonestmum.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016, from https://realhonestmum.com/tag/technology/



Vashti, J. (2012). June 2012. Vashtijasmine.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016, from https://vashtijasmine.com/2012/06/

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Today I will bring you a re-write of ONE of my blogs. When reviewing the feedback on my latest blog (is there a difference between a 2001 digital native and a 2016 digital native), I have chosen to re - write this chosen post where I received feedback . In the comments below this blog, LUCYOAKLEY had not only reviewed but given me feedback on how I should improve the post. LUCYOAKLEY gave me feedback expressing how she liked what I had written and the image I supplied, however she expressed her concerns in relation to a visual aid, eg. a YouTube link. I will re -submit my last blog with a visual aid directly beneath my first paragraph. In addition I will also re edit this post text wise, as I have already noticed I had not in-text referenced the second website within my bibliography. This second source was the image. I will also re - edit sentence structures and grammar along the way.


An understanding of how changes in technology impact on the way humans communicate, and the ethical issues that surround these changes...

In 2001; long before the emergence of "Instagram" or "SnapChat", socialising would transpire through human conversation and interaction, where as now, in contemporary times, multimedia applications have become the primary means of communication and thereby have inherently transformed this notion of a digital native. This impact of technological transformation as illustrated through the 'changing' digital native can be evidenced through its impact on education. Changing technology has impacted not only communicational methods but also the interaction between education and learning. The introduction of "Mathletics" or "GoogleDocs" as well as a broader range of educational databases in the classroom have shifted the way in which knowledge is accessed and shared. Students nowadays are able to access a broader scope of learning and a plethora of information by the click of a button whereas in past times, kids would have had to go to libraries to gain information which would be time consuming and somewhat limited. (although they did still have the ability to write before typing came about 😉)


The YouTube link below explores the changes and differences which have surfaced when comparing a 2000 timeframe to a recent timeframe, 2016. This video envisages some of the unbelievable figures associated in a typical day on the web. The link expresses how on an average day, in JUST ONE MINUTE , "700 videos, 28,000 Tumblr posts, 100,000 tweets and more than 34,000 Facebook "likes", " reach the net.


("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

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An understanding of how changes in technology impact on the way humans communicate, and the ethical issues that surround these changes...

In 2001; long before the emergence of "Instagram" or "SnapChat", socialising would transpire through human conversation and interaction, where as now, in contemporary times, multimedia applications have become the primary means of communication and thereby have inherently transformed this notion of a digital native. This impact of technological transformation as illustrated through the 'changing' digital native can be evidenced through its impact on education. Changing technology has impacted not only communicational methods but also the interaction between education and learning. The introduction of "Mathletics" or "GoogleDocs" as well as a broader range of educational databases in the classroom have shifted the way in which knowledge is accessed and shared. Students nowadays are able to access a broader scope of learning and a plethora of information by the click of a button whereas in past times, kids would have had to go to libraries to gain information which would be time consuming and somewhat limited. (although they did still have the ability to write before typing came about 😉)


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. 


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

Number of Internet Users (2016) - Internet Live Stats. (2016). Internetlivestats.com. Retrieved 16 September 2016, from http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/

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Digital and Communication Technologies essentially mean, the (digital) depiction and structure of communication technology that broadcasts data in digital configuration whilst also inhibiting itself as a tool of persuasiveness used within different medias. It is evident that digital technologies have definitely bloomed in the recent years and has in fact entered our socials lives (Instagram and Facebook), school classrooms (Google docs) and job places (computer generated network applications).


“In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness.”

Marshall McLuhan – Canadian Professor and Philosopher


Digital and Communication Technologies allow for individuals and groups in perhaps a classroom, at home or a social environment to flourish, as we explore this new and positive platform of creativity. Whilst explaining what these Digital and Communication Technologies involve and do, it is evident that without new technology such as iPhones or computers, this idea is impossible. Digital and Communication Technologies allow for YOU and one other person or multiple people for communicate at one time, this being social media, texting, ITunes apps, or calls. All these examples allow for this idea of posting, sending and/ or storing information through transmission. ("Teaching with Digital Technologies", 2016)


Quoted from Victoria’s State Governments SAMR Model of Digital Technologies, it is evident that this model (below) explores this idea of the incorporation in technologies throughout the recent years within four stages (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition). ("Teaching with Digital Technologies", 2016)

Teaching with Digital Technologies. (2016). Education.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 7 September 2016, from http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/support/Pages/elearningcurriculum.aspx

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Firstly;

What is a digital footprint?

A digital footprint, is where the details of an individual remains within the internet database where the individual has left their trial of existence through activity online.

Whilst it is important to have a digital footprint, there are many risks, which involve having one. It is evident that when leaving a digital footprint, one must understand that the release of personal information, photos or posting of crude language can be seen by almost anyone. In addition, the average person does not realise that leaving these traces of a digital footprint are indeed hazardous. Predators, family members/friends or possible employees may in fact see ones previous history and make a judgement on the individual. 

This one individual could be YOU one day. 

Therefore it is important when reading this blog to perhaps increase privacy settings or cease to continue the posting of inappropriate photos or discontinue negative posts or comments online.

Scary Fact:

Have you ever wondered when on Facebook, why the advertisements directly depict your likes and interests? Maybe shoppingwebsites, or sales for Sephora?

Well… 

Frequently, websites of retail and production leave “cookies”. This means when the individual is searching particularsites on the web; perhaps for shopping, these “cookies” are able to track YOUR every move. This allows for advertisements on YOUR Facebook for example to only endorse shopping. (Society, 2016)

Although having a digital footprint has its dangers, it is also important to have one in this day and age. Having a digital footprint sculpts a carving of the person you are. Having a digital footprint assists companies when understanding the consumers wants and needs, like the example shown above. It can also be a positive tool for future employers observe. There are many positive and negative impacts, which involve having a digital footprint, however if used correctly and understanding the facts, having a digital footprint is a healthy. (Society, 2016)

Society, I. (2016). Your Digital Footprint Matters | Internet Society. Internetsociety.org. Retrieved 7 September 2016, from http://www.internetsociety.org/your-digital-footprint-matters

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