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
1.University of MaltaMsidaMalta
2.St. Martin’s Institute of Higher EducationSt. JuliansMalta
Copyright InformationSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015