Digital Final Essay

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COM 394
Oct 29, 2023
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Hall 1 Michael Hall Arizona State University Student Fall 2023 Semester Com 394
Hall 2 The Digital Divide Many instances have arisen where I have observed something that comes easily to me, but then appears to be challenging for others, and vice versa. I often contemplate why certain tasks seem effortless for some people, and require significant effort from others. It may be attributed to genetics or perhaps the amount of effort invested? When it comes to technology, the terms "digital immigrant" and "digital native" define how we are introduced to technology, and this introduction significantly shapes our proficiency. In the contemporary world, many individuals seamlessly integrate technology into their daily lives, making it as instinctive as breathing or sipping from a refreshing glass of water. Technology often appears as a natural extension of our personal beings, substantially enhancing our efficiency across a wide range of tasks. However, it's crucial to acknowledge that the digital age has not provided the same level of accessibility to everyone. Within the pages of this essay, I embark on a thorough exploration based on an enlightening interview I conducted with both my fiancée Sydney, who is 31, and her mother Gracie, who is 56. My fiancée perfectly embodies the archetype of a digital native, hailing from the generation that grew up alongside evolving technologies. On the other hand, her mother belongs to the group of digital immigrants, those who adapted to digital innovations later in life. Through the lens of their experiences, my objective is to draw comparisons and contrasts, illuminating how their unique interactions with technology and the ongoing digital revolution have profoundly shaped the trajectories of their lives. This examination not only offers insights into their personal journeys but also provides a broader perspective on the societal impact of technological advancements.
Hall 3 Gracie, my fiancé's mother, hails from a different era altogether - an age where technology was in its embryonic stage. Born into the past, she spent her formative years amidst the heartland of Missouri, ultimately finding her way to the sun-kissed shores of California during her adulthood. In her eyes, technology is not just a modern convenience, but a profound and inescapable facet of her life. Her initial brush with digital technology unfolded out of necessity; she needed to craft work documents. Her journey into the digital age began with a word processing computer, an innovation of the time. In today's world, she succinctly defines word processors as sophisticated software programs adorning computers and other digital devices, offering seamless document creation and meticulous formatting. However, let's cast our minds back to the 1980's when these word processors were rudimentary, standalone machines, dedicated to document creation and preservation - a far cry from today's multifunctional marvels. Harking back to those fledgling days of technology, Gracie could hardly have fathomed the extent to which it would eventually infiltrate her daily existence. Over the years, technology has incrementally inserted itself into her life, with features like instantaneous access to her personal banking information becoming part of her daily routine. Moreover, she underscored the pivotal role of GPS technology on her digital devices, guiding her through life's daily mazes. While her dependence on technology is undeniable, it's worth noting that she does not consider herself addicted to it. In Gracie's discerning viewpoint, the downside of the digital age lies in the hyper- connectivity it encourages. The ceaseless tethering to others through digital channels often incites an insatiable thirst for immediate information, resulting in heightened anxiety when her phone notifications remain unread. This pervasive obsession with staying interconnected, she believes, may be eroding the richness of personal interactions and fostering a sense of digital detachment from the real world. Gracie contends that future generations will need to navigate the
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