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By Alexander J. A. M. van Deursen, Jan A. G. M. van Dijk

The 1st ebook to systematically speak about the talents and literacies had to use electronic media, quite the net, van Dijk and van Deursen's transparent and available paintings distinguishes electronic talents, analyzes their roles and occurrence, and gives strategies from person, academic, sociological, and coverage views.

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Formal Internet skills require a unique form of digital skills for the adequate use of a browser and hypermedia. In hypermedia, users can choose their own nonlinear paths, providing substantial user control. They can move forward, backward, and to unknown locations. Without a sense of location, distance, and direction, users often experience a strong sense of disorientation (Kwan, 2001). The information skills required for traditional media and computers are somewhat similar to those needed for the Internet.

As the Internet continues to grow, the complexity of this medium continues to increase. Formal skills for the Internet are the skills needed to use different website layouts and maintain one’s orientation when surfing on and between websites. 2 Formal Internet Skills We consider formal Internet skills as the ability to M Navigate the Internet by Using hyperlinks embedded in different formats such as texts, images, menus, emails, or applications. Maintain a sense of location while navigating, meaning M Not becoming disoriented when navigating within a website or online platform; M Not becoming disoriented when navigating between websites or online platforms; M Not becoming disoriented when opening and browsing through lists, such as search results, online discussions, personal profiles, emails, or contacts.

These tools are becoming increasingly accessible to the general Internet user. Today, videos shot on photo cameras or mobile phones can be uploaded and posted on YouTube without considering compression details or pixel qualities. Furthermore, it is not necessary to understand programming languages to post on a personal blog or website. Any restrictions imposed on users in terms of hardware and software seem to be decreasing continuously. Thus, the creation of online content is far less complex and time-consuming than it was in the past.

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