Exploring the association between leisure time digital immersion, attention and reasoning ability in pre-teens

Mick Grimley, Mary Allan, Cathy Solomon

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Some researchers claim that digital natives are endowed with greater cognitive abilities than digital immigrants, due to the interactive nature of digital technologies. This study investigates relationships between different types of digital activity, reasoning ability and attention in a pre-teen population. Two hundred twenty-four participants (139 males, 85 females) aged 10-12 years completed a questionnaire measuring leisure time digital immersion. Factor analysis reveals 5 distinct types of users. Ninety-two participants completed tests of reasoning and attention to ascertain the relationship between type of digital user and cognitive ability. Results indicate that users who engaged in simple low level writing and drawing tasks with technology were inclined to have low literacy levels and poor concentration levels. In addition, users who engaged in computer mediated communication and content creation showed inconsistent and unstable attentional ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-69
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Attention
  • Cognitive ability
  • Digital immersion
  • Digital native
  • Learning
  • Leisure time activity
  • Reasoning

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