What is a digital native?

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Yesterday I chaired a session on Digital Natives as part of the [BBC’s Developing Talent conference ](http://ukjournalism.co.uk/thehotpot/?cat=70)hosted by UCLan.  We pulled in two of our second years, [Joe Stashko](http://josephstashko.com/) and [Daniel Bentley](http://danielbentley.me/), who we think are digital natives(even if they don’t!) to talk to the audience about how they do what they do and my colleague Paul Egglestone gave his perspective from a community and digital immigrant perspective.

They did a great job and some interesting points came out of the too-and-fro. As ‘chair’ I made some notes that may or may not define a digital native based on the panelists views and the audience questions.

A digital native:

  • Buys in to the implied funding model. You pay to use this service with your information. Right or wrong.
  • Understands and is part of the social graph
  • Over-shares but doesn’t over promote (themselves)
  • Will over-share your content – whether you want them to or not!
  • Will give stuff away for free as long as you come and get it
  • Doesn’t read terms and conditions but then who does!
  • Won’t sign up for a BBC ID (as it doesn’t play well with Facebook)
  • Thinks about community, not readers
  • Makes connections
  • Is ‘almost’ as popular as the local newspaper
  • Like fragments rather than the whole
  • Aggregates and curates(rather than edits)
  • Knows where to get good fish and chips
  • Is young but embraces technology again when they get over 40.
  • May grow-up in to an uber geek.
  • Attracts funding for new ideas
  • Tries to connect those around them
  • Isn’t always that interested in quality – whatever that is.
  • Is less bothered about how you use their data than you are. Or, at least, doesn’t think about it.
  • They have no fear. They don’t worry about what the do being public

What do you think?

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