Definition of digital native in English:

digital native


  • A person born or brought up during the age of digital technology and so familiar with computers and the Internet from an early age:

    ‘the digital tools that are reshaping our economy make more sense to young digital natives than to members of older generations’
    • ‘Young people have ease and familiarity with the digital media that make them "digital natives" in ways older generations can never be.’
    • ‘He asks valid questions, such as, "What are the demographic differences [among the digital natives]?"’
    • ‘The digital native doesn't send a letter to the editor anymore.’
    • ‘The digital natives have already come of age.’
    • ‘But the unmeasured skills of the "digital natives" are not just about technological proficiency.’
    • ‘In general, the concept of digital wisdom attempts to integrate the digital immigrants into the technology areas where the digital natives reside.’
    • ‘The focus on young people is a direct response to frequently made statements that cast young people as digital natives and members of a new media generation.’
    • ‘How these digital natives report their own media use patterns should thus be of high relevance to this study.’
    • ‘And telling the digital natives that they have to choose between journalism and technology is a self-defeating move by an industry that needs our talents.’
    • ‘We may never become true digital natives, but we can and must begin to assimilate to their culture and way of thinking.’
    • ‘Thus they are perceived as confident "digital natives" of cyberspace, whereas we are merely nervous "immigrants".’
    • ‘Yet with a new generation of digital natives, it may be time to reconsider whether this theory gives a full picture.’
    • ‘So how do we get to those digital natives?’
    • ‘My two young daughters, on the other hand, will be digital natives.’
    • ‘Digital natives are proud and fiercely protective of their island and will defend it whatever the cost may be.’
    • ‘And while the digital natives within the organization may be ready to take off at a full sprint, many of us will probably need to walk before we run.’
    • ‘Raised on MTV, video games, e-mail, the Internet and instant messaging, digital natives have developed cognitive thinking patterns that differ from all previous generations.’
    • ‘I often feel that I am a digital immigrant inhabiting the world of digital natives.’
    • ‘Not everyone has to be all things to all digital editors, but the industry really needs digital natives to serve increasingly digital audiences.’
    • ‘The members of this generation are the first digital natives.’