The place of Digital Nativity and Digital Immigration on Internet Accessibility and Usage by Students and Lecturers of Tertiary Institutions of Learning in Delta State, Nigeria

Authors

  • Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication, & Director, Pre-Degree Programme, Delta State University, P.M.B. 1, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria
  • Patrick Nkemdilim Ijeh Senior Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, & Associate Dean, Students' Affairs Delta State University, P.M.B. 1, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0019

Keywords:

Digital nativity, digital immigration, digital natives (DN), digital immigrants (DI), Internet usage, accessibility of Internet

Abstract

There is a scholarly divide on the propriety of the notion of digital nativity and digital immigration. In contrast, one side of the range postulates that digital nativity and digital migration influence adoption of digital technologies, the other side contends that the concept is instead an unsubstantiated over-generalization. This study interrogates the role of digital nativity and digital immigration play in Internet usage by students and lecturers of tertiary institutions of learning in Delta State, Nigeria. We adopted the Technology Acceptance Model, which explains factors that motivate people to accept and use a particular technology. We used a questionnaire to gather data from 1,200 respondents and analyze the data using descriptive and inferential statistics. We found the students and lecturers had sufficient Internet access, and there is no significant differential in their access to the Internet. However, there is a substantial difference in their frequency of using the Internet as the students tended to use the Internet more frequently than the lecturers do. Also, there are significant differences in the pattern of students' and lecturers' Internet usage. We recommend that lecturers and students should increase their accessibility to the Internet, and lecturers should increase their frequency of Internet usage.

 

Received: 8 November 2020 / Accepted: 12 December 2020 / Published: 17 January 2021

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Published

2021-01-17

How to Cite

Ufuophu-Biri, E. ., & Ijeh, P. N. . (2021). The place of Digital Nativity and Digital Immigration on Internet Accessibility and Usage by Students and Lecturers of Tertiary Institutions of Learning in Delta State, Nigeria. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10(1), 214. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0019