Who Are They? Visitors VS Residents

Topic 1: Explain the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” drawing upon your reading and your own online experiences to date in support of the points that you make.

Who are they? What defines them? Why should people be grouped into these two group categories? 

According to the blog post from Oxford University, I do agree that it is not accurate to conclude that those below 25 are automatically assumed as a ‘digital native’ while those above 55 are considered ‘digital immigrants’. Therefore a more accurate measurement of an individual’s online usage/literacy/engagement is by categorizing them into two categories called ‘digital visitors’ and ‘digital residents’ and definitely not via demographic variables such as age. They are placed into these two categories based on their purpose and motivation when using the Internet.


Photo taken from: daveowhite.com

Digital ‘visitors’ are individuals who use the Internet for specific identified purposes. These purposes can be in the form of tasks like searching for information on a restaurant online, or finding online information about a product etc. They primarily see the Internet as a resource platform for them to use whenever the need arises. They don’t have online persona or presence and are pretty skeptical and weary about voicing their opinions and thoughts online. Basically, they just don’t see a need to.

A good example of a digital ‘visitor’ would be my brother. He does not own any social media accounts other than Facebook, which he never uses and merely created out of peer pressure. However he does edit videos pretty often and use the Internet to seek tech-reviews. Therefore he is a good example in proving that age is not an accurate variable to use when classifying individuals.


Photo taken from: tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk

Digital ‘residents’ are online enthusiast individuals who use the man
y aspects of the Internet on their everyday lives. For these ‘residents’, social media plays a huge role in their lives, as it is where they share information about themselves by updating their profiles, engage and keep themselves updated in social relationships. Unlike ‘visitors’, they do not only use it when they need to; it’s an inaugural part of their everyday life. This social presence that they share online becomes second nature to them which they can’t seem to forgo. They also use the Internet for research purposes and would not hesitate asking others online for help or opinions, whereas ‘visitors’ would not openly ask strangers online for help.

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photo taken from: geekfairy.co.uk

I would clearly identify myself as a ‘resident’ with my addiction to the Internet and I can’t seem to go without it. It is an excellent tool and engaging avenue for learning with endless possibilities!

Thanks for reading!


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One thought on “Who Are They? Visitors VS Residents

  1. How’s it going Nicole,

    A very engaging blog post you have there! First and foremost, I really loved the blog design that you adopted. The personalized combinations of pictures is exceptionally pleasing to my eyes, in my humble opinion, it portrays a rather fresh look compared to the rest. (keep it up!)

    You mentioned that in being a digital ‘resident’ , it would entail having social media occupying a substantial role in their everyday lives. In addition, some of the main reasons why social media is used is because of the need to share information about their personal lives.

    I can’t help to wonder why would they do something like that? What’s the underlying motivation that drives them to go online? Is our motivation for uploading photos to Instagram to gain likes or to simply share photos with our friends?

    Your blog post had made me considered another facet of being an online ‘resident’, are we addicted to sharing our lives with people or addicted in the idea of comparison.


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