And The Mirror Stares Back

While writing my original post, I focused very heavily on the Visitor Resident mapping, as demonstrated by David White, concerning myself with the way that I interact differently with different sites. I believe this to be a fundamental part of how we categorise our internet use, but in my efforts to examine my differing behaviour across the web, it seems that I neglected to look at the definitions of Visitor and Resident as a whole.

White and Le Cornu give the comparisons that a Digital Visitor views the web as a place to store tools, similarly to a garden shed, whereas a Digital Resident sees the web more as a place to meet and share information with friends. While White expands upon this to say that people can switch modes, most people will fall into one category or the other, even if their behaviour across sites is not uniform.

Having read other blog posts, namely from Bivash, Tom and Hong, I have come to realise that other people have taken a much broader approach to the topic than I, and from that have been able to categorise themselves more clearly than I was able to do, while having done the same mapping exercise as I did. I believe this is because they used an element on their map that I neglected to: The size of each block. The blocks clearly cannot be equally weighted, as no-one spends an equal amount of time on every website, so the amount of time one spends on each block must be displayed to get an accurate Visitor or Resident categorisation.

If I were to redo this exercise, this would be the main change made, and I believe that with this weighting, I would be classified firmly as a resident.

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  1. Doug Morgan. 2018. Do I Live Here? – Doug Morgan. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 20 February 2018].
  2. David White 2013. Just the Mapping – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 19 February 2018].
  3. David White and Alison Le Cornu. 2011. Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engangemnt. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 20 February 2018].
  4. David White. 2015. Visitors & Residents – Digital – Learning – Culture. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 19 February 2018].
  5. Bivash’s Blog. 2018. Digital Visitors vs Digital Residents – Bivash’s Blog. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 20 February 2018].
  6. Tom Paterson. 2018. Am I a digital visitor or a digital resident? – Tom Paterson. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 20 February 2018].
  7. Hong Nguyen. 2018. Digital users: “Natives & Immigrants”, or “Visitors & Residents”? – digital society. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 20 February 2018].


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Hi Bivash,

Your first graphic is brilliant, the digital native and digital immigrant concept is something that I struggled to explain, and you’ve presented the key points beautifully and concisely!

Something I found very interesting to look into was David White’s mapping of internet activity as a way of better understanding how we use the web.
While many people now dismiss Prensky’s Native and Immigrant idea as being too limited, effectively only looking at the age of the user, I think another weakness is its binary nature.
You seem to have displayed residents and visitors as fairly discrete concepts, similarly to native and immigrant, whereas I think it can be better explained as a more continuous scale, have you considered the way in which you use different sites differently?
For example, I use Facebook to interact with others regularly, but don’t regularly comment on YouTube videos, so I could be considered a visitor on YouTube.

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