I appreciated Dr. White’s breakdown of Visitors vs Residents in this YouTube video. From my own personal experience, the two main reasons people give for not having an internet presence is because they are afraid of identity theft and stalkers or because it is too confusing to navigate. I agree that you have to be careful about what information you share publicly online, but I think the pros outweigh the cons. Instead of being an alien and not utilizing the tools of the web at all, I think people should at least be a goal-oriented visitor. Why not take advantage of an online dictionary, look up a new recipe, find driving directions, or look up reviews for a new restaurant? The internet is a one-stop shop for unlimited information and it’s a shame when people don’t take advantage of its full potential.
Personally, I consider myself to be a social common resident, someone who is there and interacts on occasion, but is not trying to run for mayor. I tend to use the social media aspect of the internet for personal enjoyment. I find pleasure in looking at pictures and getting updates from family and friends, especially those who are not geographically close to me. I use it to extend my pre-existing relationships with people I know personally, not to interact with people I have never met.
Professionally, however, up to this point, I have been a visitor. As a future teacher I look forward to expanding my knowledge of how to use the internet as a tool in my classroom. I already use it to share videos, pictures, and music of content related material with my students, but I know there are endless other options that I have yet to learn. I am excited about building a web presence and becoming a resident so I can share, learn, and collaborate with other educators.
White, D. (2013, May 31). Visitors and Residents [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sFBadv04eY