How Digital Literacy Is Superseding The Old Concept Of “Read And Write” Literacy

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Since the inception of mankind, survival for the fittest has been a demand by nature. To survive

in the long run, change in accordance with the environment is a compulsion, not an option. In

this race of betterment and advancement, modern man has landed in the time where being a

literate is a concept on the verge of obsolescence.

 

Breakthrough in the tech world drastically changed the conventional meaning of literacy. We

live in a digital age and can potentially be a part of super digital environment that is yet to

come. A couple of decades back ability to read and write was what qualified a man as literate

but the existing digital environment is superseding the old concept. To tackle and survive in this

digital world digital literacy is a must. Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and

communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring

both cognitive and technical skills.

In today’s world, technology is almost everywhere and in the time to come, technology will be

like oxygen – ubiquitous and necessary. Such a behavior of technological advancements

increase the importance of Digital Literacy many folds. Various computational devices (like

desktops, laptops, mobile phones, e-readers) have provided an entirely new medium for

reading and writing. Today we write on MS-Word, read from webpages and pdfs, we share our

thoughts on blogs and social media. YouTube is our new classroom. These activities are

becoming widespread and soon they will dominate the traditional means of literacy.

Enormous milestones being touched in the digital world resulted in a presumption that in next

twenty years, thirty five percent of human tasks will be overtaken by computers, making digital

literates eligible for the job and rendering rest unemployable, even though being jacks of their

fields. Digital literacy is one component of being a digital citizen – a person who is responsible

for how they utilize technology to interact with the world around them. Digital technology

allows people to interact and communicate with family and friends on a regular basis despite of

physical constraints and busy schedules. It has been a norm of the society that a stronger one

always dominated the weak. Strong in terms of power, position, wealth and even knowledge. In

today’s world people who are digitally literate tend to dominate those who are not. This is

another reason for digital literacy to be quite significant in this modern society. Another major

importance of digital literacy is to bridge the digital divide. When discussing the digital divide it

is helpful to have a definition or understanding of what this term means. The term is often

used to describe the differences in access to information and communication technologies.

From searching a query on internet to shop on ecommerce websites, if today’s man is lacking

digital literacy skills, in comings few years he will be no less than an early man with some good

clothes over his body.

 

Digital literacy is mistakenly forsaken to a particular sect of people who feel privileged about it

or some people assume it as an optional way of convenience but reality is far different from this

perception. Digital literacy is way towards productive results and it will improve our future the

same way “as the read and write literacy” did in the past. According to Bill Gates, “Digital

Reading will completely take over. It’s lightweight and it’s fantastic for sharing. Over the time it

will take over.”

 

Future is the outcome of present and our digital literates of today are sowing seeds that will

make digital literacy a vital part of tomorrow.

 

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Faiez Moharkan

Co-Founder at digikashmir. He is a business student and a tech geek who loves creativity and creative people. At times playing with words help him to reduce boredom. He believes that everything happens for good and keep people around him motivated all the time. You can contact him on Facebook and Google Plus.

About the Author

Faiez Moharkan
Co-Founder at digikashmir. He is a business student and a tech geek who loves creativity and creative people. At times playing with words help him to reduce boredom. He believes that everything happens for good and keep people around him motivated all the time. You can contact him on Facebook and Google Plus.

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