” WAIT!, DO NOT EAT FIRST. I WANT TO TAKE PICTURES FOR MY INSTAGRAM/SNAPCHAT!!”
This is how most meetups/gatherings start now. In this era of impressive technology advancement, almost everyone possesses a smart device that allow us to connect to the internet. There will always be at least one person on the table taking pictures of their food to update on social media. Connecting online have became a necessity for most of us. However, have you ever wondered if you are a Digital “Resident” or “Visitor” ?
The ” Resident” are individuals who are constantly going online, updating and sharing contents. They take responsibility on their social presence. Be it filming yourself on whatever you are doing for your Snapchat story or tweeting your daily first world problems. They are willing to share and these are the behavior that Residents would most likely show.
RESIDENTS, ON THE OTHER HAND, SEE THE WEB AS A PLACE, PERHAPS LIKE A PARK OR A BUILDING IN WHICH THERE ARE CLUSTERS OF FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES WHOM THEY CAN APPROACH AND WITH WHOM THEY CAN SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR LIFE AND WORK. A PROPORTION OF THEIR LIVES IS ACTUALLY LIVED OUT ONLINE WHERE THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ONLINE AND OFFLINE IS INCREASINGLY BLURRED.
WHITE AND LE CORNU (2011)
The “Visitor” are individuals who uses the web as a tool in an organised manner whenever needed. They uses the internet to retrieve information to complete their end task. Visitors try to maintain their relationship with the web to be as simple as possible without leaving any social trace. For example, using the web to research and book a holiday trip, going to google search engine to look for answers/ information or using Wikipedia to retrieve information for assignments. Visitors prefer to use the web for their own reference than sharing contents like the Residents.
SO.. WHO AM I?
I most probably would count myself as a mixture of both tilting to being a Resident more. As a full time student, there are times where i need to retrieve information for my assignments. There are times where I loved to share on what I doing, connecting with others. People should be comfortable on what they are sharing on the web.
However, there is a need to differentiate between work and play. Everyone should know on what to share and what not to.
White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement.First Monday, 16(9).
David and Alison, (2016). Visitors & Residents. [online] Available at: http://daveowhite.com/vandr/