I am a digital noob! A noob? You are probably wondering who or what that is. I also didn’t know what to say when a friend called me a noob for the first time years ago. The word means something like “newbie” / “newcomer” / “rookie” and is often used by “pro’s” like my friend. These pro’s have been on the Internet for decades, play online games, craft their own PCs, use social media every day, know a lot about digital security, …
At the time, I was upset that my friend called me a noob, even if it was with a twinkle in his eye. After all, I didn’t live in a cave: I had a modem quite soon after the Internet started to make its entrance into private households (who doesn’t remember the seemingly endless deafening beeping, buzzing and cracking until you were finally online?). And with my first email address and “nicknames” I also created my first social media accounts back in the 90’s.
I still remember that, at the end of my school days in the late 90’s, I was a bit annoyed that the much younger “kids” suddenly got access to information so easily and quickly, while I had to depend on books, and especially their availability in the library. You can’t even imagine that dependence today: you can do practically anything with your smartphone or computer, from making payments to turning on the heating.
All of this has become so normal for you and for me today. It is no longer possible to imagine a private life without the digital world. But what about professional life?