Beyond Tech, Features — By on May 15, 2014 9:19 pm

Let’s take a whopping step back and think about our daily checks on our emails. Look to your left and spot an everyday technical gadget. That Candy Crush game you play incessantly? Technology, for most people, is becoming the bacteria in our stomachs. As more and more people use technology every day, we are also pulled into the network that relies heavily on technology.

“Digital literacy is the ability to understand information and more importantly, to evaluate and integrate information in multiple formats that the computer can deliver. Being able to evaluate and interpret information is critical…you can’t understand information you find on the Internet without evaluating its sources and placing it in context.” (Paul Gilster)

You have seen it. You have done it. From knowing how to create Prezi presentations to using Google Docs to work together, you care practicing the skills of digital literacy without even knowing it.

Remember about being in the right moment at the right time? For many, there is no riper moment to transform the world as we are continually on the brink of new advancements everyday. Control technology and you can control its impact on society.

“Digital Literacy is a newer skill that differentiates us from older generations,” said Pitom Saha, a computer science major student. Accessing the world through technology may be key to changing the world the fastest. According to the US Department of Commerce, the US has 96% of working Americans who are involved in technology in their daily lives. Realizing that learning digital literacy can gain you an edge, thousands and thousands of people enter technology related fields every year.

The reality is that society is becoming dependent on technology and being a part of it means that your life will revolve around technology.

“Digital Literacy is an essential part of surviving the rat race or even fitting into society at this point,” said Saha.

Competition is bound into the tech industry. News of tech startups and child prodigies run rampant as more people catch onto the trend. Phrases such as “helping humanity”, “better communcation”, and “new solution” may surround technology but that doesn’t mean that technology does not have a social sharp edge.

What about women in technology? Who can explain the mystery of women today representing 12% of all computer science graduates? However, this does not warrant any teasing for the brave souls willing to sit in classes full of men.