Technology has introduced a societal change like no other in the past couple of centuries.
New, and ever sophisticated, technology has developed at such a speed over the past few decades that children today are growing up in a world immersed with electronic devices, computers and tablets that their parents were only exposed to in adulthood. This change is so significant that experts have begun to describe each recent generation through how naturalised they are to the digital world. Marc Prensky uses the analogy of immigrants and natives to indicate just how much technology has revolutionised the world we live in. “Digital immigrants”, describes the portion of the population for whom technology ‘boomed’ in adulthood and who have had to adapt to technology as a major feature in their lives. Alternatively, “Digital natives” are the most recent generation of children who have been immersed in a technological world from birth, and for whom the use of electronic devices will come somewhat naturally with little or no need for introduction or education.