I don’t know about you, but I’d never seen an Australian smartphone or tablet before.
But when it comes to digital natives, it’s not just the technology that matters.
It’s how you do it.
“There’s a whole generation of people that grew up on smartphones, tablets and PCs.
They’re the ones that are in charge of the future.
They’ve got the skills and the drive,” says Steve McQuay, head of product marketing at the company behind the iPhone.
“They have the knowledge and they have the passion.
They just need to make it happen.”
If you’re one of those digital natives on the rise, you’re probably wondering where the digital natives come from.
For one thing, Australia is the most digitally-connected country in the world.
That’s because Australia’s digital natives are part of a rapidly growing population of tech savvy individuals who want to stay connected.
And the answer is more than simply being connected.
It also means being digitally engaged.
That means getting connected to what’s going on in your world.
It means having your digital footprint growing.
And it means doing your part in making sure your digital world is vibrant.
“We’ve got a lot of people on our platform,” says McQuae.
“If we want to continue to grow, we’ve gotta find ways to engage with our users.”
There are plenty of reasons why Australia is home to the country’s digital native generation.
A large proportion of the country is online.
And for some, it could be the start of a new way of living.
But the big question for those that are on the fence about the future of the digital frontier is: Is there any value in doing so?
It’s a question that’s worth asking, given the rise of technology and the way that it’s reshaping how we communicate, consume and interact.
The answer is yes.
There’s no question that the future is digital.
That is what digital natives love to talk about.
And yet there’s also plenty of evidence that the digital landscape isn’t the way we think about it.
A look at the digital world’s impact on the world Around 1.4 billion people around the world use digital technology at some stage, and around 80 per cent of them do so regularly.
And just how much of our lives are being digitally captured and recorded?
For many, it is a very personal experience.
“I’ve been recording myself and I’m doing it on my phone, or my tablet, or whatever device I use, just for the love of it,” says Kaitlyn, a Sydney-based journalist and digital native.
“You don’t even have to be on the same device to have that kind of experience.”
Digital natives have a range of experiences with digital media.
For some, they’re using it as a source of entertainment.
Others, like Kait, find it useful to share with their friends.
But digital natives tend to find that most of their digital content is being collected and stored by a few trusted entities.
The content can include your phone number, the time of day you receive it, the websites you visit, the social networks you follow and even the names and addresses of people you’re talking to.
It can even contain personal information, such as your name, email address and telephone number.
“The people who are doing this are not going to give you the same access to your content as if you were an individual,” says Mr McQuaid.
“This is not a situation where you can go into a store and buy your content.”
In some cases, content that you do share can be accessed by the same people who created it.
For instance, if you share your Facebook status update with a friend, the friends profile can be viewed on Facebook, and you’ll see that the status was shared by a Facebook friend.
That can also include information about your location, such in the case of a location-based tracking app like MapMySpace or StreetEasy.
“That is data that is already being shared by Facebook and Google, which is a big deal,” says Ms McQuays.
“And the same goes for all the other data that Facebook and other big companies collect.”
The data that’s being shared is often in the form of metadata, or metadata that is linked to the content in question.
That metadata includes things like the people you follow, the countries you live in, and the websites or apps that you visit.
“When you put a phone number in Facebook or Google, they’ll give you information about the location of that number,” says Dr McQuead.
“So they’ve got that data that they’ve collected from Facebook and the other platforms.”
The big data question is: Do we want it to be that way?
For some of the world’s biggest technology companies, the answer has been no.
In an effort to protect the privacy of their users, Facebook and Facebook Messenger have long been concerned about the potential for sharing of their