The way we think in the digital era: Changes Over time in digital thinking skills

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Abstract

In order to investigate the nature of changes in digital literacy through time and the factors that affect these changes, the present paper follows-up on Eshet-Alkalai & Amichai-Hamburger's (2004) empirical study of digital literacy among different age groups, focusing on the question whether changes in digital literacy are age-dependent or a result of experience with technologies. In the present study, the different digital literacy skills of the same participants of Eshet- Alkalai & Amichai-Hamburger, were tested five years later and compared to a new control group. Results indicate an improvement in performance in the photo-visual and lateral literacy skills among all age groups, especially with the adults. On the other hand, information literacy of all participants dropped dramatically. Our results suggest that life-long changes in digital literacy probably result from experience with technology and not from cognitive development. Moreover the data suggest that mere exposure to information, without mastering appropriate cognitive tools for critical thinking hinder the beneficial components of experience with respect to information literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2009, IS 2009
EditorsMiguel Baptista Nunes, Patricia Barbosa, Philip Powell, Pedro Isaias, Luis Rodrigues
PublisherIADIS
Pages431-434
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9789728924799
StatePublished - 2009
EventIADIS International Conference on Information Systems 2009, IS 2009 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 25 Feb 200927 Feb 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2009, IS 2009

Conference

ConferenceIADIS International Conference on Information Systems 2009, IS 2009
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona
Period25/02/0927/02/09

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2009 IADIS.

Keywords

  • Digital literacy
  • Digital skills
  • Information literacy

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