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  • Used in a report by Educause Center for Applied Research (part of a group that promotes technology use in higher education) to describe a person who's grown up immersed in Internet/digital technology and "leisure devices" (think iPod).

    September 18, 2007

  • As opposed to a digital immigrant?

    September 18, 2007

  • That's me. I'm probably the first generation that can really claim that, and even I barely made it in -- I've been on computers since I was two (the PC was a pretty new concept, then) and first got on the internet when I was ten. It's the second generation that frightens me though, the kids who text each other as naturally as breathing (and as frequently, it seems). When I was growing up, I was the nerd. It's weird to see ordinary, average non-nerdy kids so in-tune with that stuff today.

    September 18, 2007

  • You're right, uselessness. Those kids scare me sometimes. ;-)

    Trivet, the apparent opposite term in this study was "millennial"--which doesn't make any sense to me, but then I didn't have access to the whole report.

    I remember trying to get the hang of what in hell a cursor does on the very first computer I had to use--a few years after finishing grad school. Guess that makes me an elder statesperson. ;->

    September 18, 2007

  • It's fun to talk to kids about the older computers. I love telling them stories about when computer monitors only had four colors. What really gets them is when I talk about what we did before mouses.

    September 19, 2007

  • Wait'll you start telling them about typewriters. ;-)

    September 19, 2007

  • First computer I really remember using was an Apple IIe. I think I used another machine prior to that, but that's about as far back as I go.

    September 20, 2007

  • Commodore 64, my friend. It was so ornery that a repair guy actually suggested I spill coffee on the keyboard...accidentally on purpose.

    September 20, 2007

  • My favorite part of the C64 was waiting for the cassette tape drive to find what it was looking for!

    September 20, 2007

  • I remember the sound of that tape drive! In middle school I bought myself a VIC-20 with my lawn mowing proceeds. 5k of RAM! I was obsessed with it for a few years, then stuck it in a closet and didn't really touch another computer until I was introduced to the Interweb in 1995.

    That's not entirely true. I was given a Mac Plus (no hard drive!) as a high school graduation gift in 1988, which I promptly sold to buy drugs.

    September 20, 2007