The relationship between today’s youth and Internet has been explored by a new thesis. The thesis also explored how youth of today learn and socialize through new technologies.
It was emphasized by Sociologist Lucia Merino at the University of the Basque Country that the new technologies are taken by the digital generation as something natural and are being used intuitively.
Thanks to this relationship of normality, young people have, moreover, developed skills that previous generations lacked, such as greater visual intelligence, taste for hypertextuality or the non-lineal access to information, immediacy or greater ability to solve problems without the need to consult a manual.
According to the study, this represents great symbolic satisfaction for young people, and they themselves accept practices on the Internet where they can see and be seen.
The thesis also highlights creative appropriation: they are able to interpret, use and apply these technologies for a function different to that for which they were created in principle, and they are aware of this.
It was stated by the author that the skill should be understood as a source of social innovation and youth of today, when compared to their antecedents, could experience a generation gap because of their skills.