Wrapping up

On my previous post, I discussed the characteristics of digital ‘residents’ and ‘visitors’. Having read some of the blog posts on the same topic from my peers, here is what I have learnt:

vr-map-topic-1Cr: Tianyi’s Blog

The Visitor & Resident map is something I did not look into it further while I was doing my research. I stumbled upon Tianyi’s personal V&R map which caught my attention because I find it really relatable and easy to understand. By stating how an individual can use the web for personal or work purposes, it explains that a person experienced in using the web in their private life may not necessarily be as experienced in using it for work.

Before starting this module, I was more of a digital ‘resident’ and kept most of the social media accounts locked to the public. However, I am slowly starting to see how having a professional profile and presence online can be useful and begin to use the web in an academic way. I have done so by creating this blog, set up the ‘about me’ page, a twitter and google plus account which I use to interact with my classmates and lecturers.

If I were to construct a V&R map previously, my plotting points would be cluttered only at the top right quadrant. Now that I am more receptive of being visible online, it would probably be similar to Tian Yi’s if I were to construct one now.

Comment on Mabel’s blog
Comment on Tian Yi’s blog

Here is a video I thought it would be fun to share!

It is a sketch by one of my favorite YouTuber about the reliance of technology.

Hope everyone is ready for the new week~


Are you a ‘resident’ or ‘visitor’ ?


This is my face when I scroll through my mum’s Facebook and realized how happening her profile page is. (so many more ‘likes’ and comments than me!)

As a young adult living in a developed country, I consider myself as a digital native. I grew up with technology and it comes naturally to me whenever I have to pick up something new about the digital world.

My mum was not immersed in technology at a very early age but her participation on multiple social media platforms has shown that she is able to adapt to the digital environment. Unlike my mum, my dad does not post anything online ever or much less own a Facebook account.

So who is the digital ‘resident’ or ‘visitor’ here?

Digital ‘residents’ are people who incorporates the online world as part of their lifestyle. Other than online banking and shopping services, they often use the web for other purposes such as socializing and expressing themselves. They spend time establishing relationships with others and are likely to believe that they ‘belong’ to a community located in the virtual world. These residents are very visible online and often maintains a persona which they use to share information about their life and work. They view the web as a source for valuable content, ideas and a worthwhile place to put forward an opinion.

Digital ‘visitors’ on the other hand, are people who use to web to complete a certain task like booking air tickets or  research a specific subject. Once the task is completed, they go offline and return to other tasks rather than staying on the web. They choose to be anonymous and do not see a need to maintain an identity or presence. Most visitors are concern about privacy issues and skeptical about the activities online.

There is a common misconception that the younger population are predominantly made up of ‘residents’ and the older population are mostly ‘visitors’. While this seems to be a trend, it actually has nothing to do with one’s age or gender but more on their motivation to engage. My mum is a perfect example to prove this fact. She is reaching 50 but is as passionate about the online culture like many youths my age!

Knowing the characteristics of both, which one are you? Feel free to share your thoughts. 🙂


David White. 2008. TALL blog » Blog Archive » Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’. [ONLINE] Available at: http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2008/07/23/not-natives-immigrants-but-visitors-residents/. [Accessed 29 October 2015].

David White. 2015. Visitors & Residents | Digital – Learning – Culture. [ONLINE] Available at: http://daveowhite.com/vandr/. [Accessed 29 October 15].

David S. White and Alison Le Cornu. 2011. Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. [ONLINE] Available at: http://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049. [Accessed 29 October 15].