The New Digital Natives

Cutting the Chord

  • Alexei Dingli
  • Dylan Seychell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 1-7
  3. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 9-22
  4. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 23-37
  5. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 39-55
  6. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 57-71
  7. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 73-84
  8. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 85-101
  9. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 103-115
  10. Alexei Dingli, Dylan Seychell
    Pages 117-129
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 131-151

About this book


The first generation of Digital Natives (DNs) is now growing up.  However, these digital natives were rather late starters since; their exposure to computers started when they could master the mouse and the penetration of computers in educational institutions was still very low. Today, a new breed of digital natives is emerging.  This new breed includes those individuals who are being introduced from their first instances to the world of wireless devices. One year olds manage to master the intuitive touch interfaces of their tablets whilst sitting comfortably in their baby bouncers. The controller-less interfaces allow these children to interact with a machine in a way which was unconceivable below. Thus, our research investigated the paradigm shift between the different generations of digital natives. We analysed the way in which these two generations differ from each other and we explored how the world needs to change in order to harness the potential of these new digital natives.


Ambient Assisted Living Blended Realities Digital Governance Digital Natives Home Automation Smart-Homes Ubiquitous Computing

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexei Dingli
    • 1
  • Dylan Seychell
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.St. Martin’s Institute of Higher EducationSt. JuliansMalta

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-46589-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-46590-5
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