Technology is developing rapidly. It is an essential part of how we live our daily lives–in a mental and physical sense, and in professional and personal environments. Cybercognition explores the ideas of technology addiction, brain training, and much more. This text provides readers with a guide to understanding concepts related to the online world. It answers important questions: • What is the impact of digital technology on our learning, memory, attention, problem-solving, and decision making? • If we continue to use digital technology on a large scale, can it change the way we think? • Can human cognition keep up with technology? Suitable for students on Cyberpsychology and Cognitive Psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an inquiring mind.

The Population(s) of Cyberspace

The Population(s) of Cyberspace

Learning Aims and Objectives

  • To introduce the theoretical divide that exists between the generations according to their digital skills and cognitive abilities;
  • to explore the evidence base for such a position;
  • to highlight the current issues with such a distinction.


The aim of the previous chapter was to establish the basics of cyberspace alongside a further exploration of the psychology that sits behind these experiences. In this chapter the aim is to produce a current snapshot of the who, how and what of Internet use. A number of researchers have continually suggested that cyberspace is inhabited by two distinct groups based on their level of skill and engagement with digital technology. One of the first authors to write about this, Prensky ...

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