Digital world

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The phrase digital world is most commonly used in when defining digital fluency, and digital literacy.[1] The digital world is the availability and use of digital tools to communicate on the Internet, digital devices, smart devices and other technologies.[2]

Academic usage[edit]

Humanities and education discussions of the 'Digital era' tend to create variations when categorizing and defining the mass of mediated technologies and human interactions that are suggested as part of the Digital World.[3] The phrase 'digital world' is used loosely as a mass noun with many possible meanings and variations.


  • An informal example is devices given to toddlers entering the digital era.[4]
  • Formal usage includes educational policies referring to the digital world,[5] especially in standardizing digital access.[6] Children suffering a lack of access to the digital world are part of the digital divide. The One Laptop per Child program is an example of (digital world) inclusion for children living in poverty and suffering as part of the digital divide.


The phrase digital world was being used in electrical engineering studies before the creation of the World Wide Web.[7] Originally it was used to describe the prevalence of digital electronic devices as opposed to analogue electronic devices. Articles on the digital world became more common in the 1990s.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pedagogy of the Digital World". 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  2. ^ "The 'digital world'. What does it mean?". Teaching in a digital world. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  3. ^ Guerlac, Suzanne. "Humanities 2.0: E-Learning in the Digital World". Representations. 116: 106–128.
  4. ^ "Do we need to rescue our kids from the digital world?". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Sweden tries to make digital lightning strike twice". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ Means, Barbara; Anderson, Kea (3 May 2018). "Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World" (PDF). Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education. ERIC (published Feb 2013).
  7. ^ Solomon, J. (1976, February). Analog circuits in an increasingly digital world. In Solid-State Circuits Conference. Digest of Technical Papers.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]