Digital Natives’ Appropriation of New Media Technologies: A Survey of Literature

Theodora Dame Adjin-Tettey & Blessing Mbatha


This work unveils the research trajectory of how digital natives exploit the new media technologies in the context of the uses and gratifications, and technology appropriation theories. A total of 43 scholarly works published between 2010 and 2016 were examined, using the qualitative approach. Findings show a visible trace of creativity exhibited by the indigenes of a digital world, which helped in the gratification of their desire for communication and socialization. Not visible, however, is the relationship between the gratifications sought (GS) and gratifications obtained (GO) as well as the specific new media technologies and platforms or social media applications that helped them to achieve both. This unveiling shows the future directions in the area of digital natives’ disproportionate use of new media technologies and how that affects their academics, amongst other things.

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