A digital native is a person who was born into the current age of digital technology and is proficient in the use of many current digital devices such as computers, mobile phones, games consoles, mp3 players and other such portable devices and fluency in surfing the internet and will consume these things regularly in their daily lives.
A digital migrant, on the other hand, is a person who has been born before the emergence of such technologies and have later come to adapt to the new daily living habits.
Digital natives are said to be people born within the late 70s onwards as these people would have been within the age range to adapt to the world of digital technology quite easily although in most contexts it refers to youth who grew up after the turn of the millennium.
Not all digital migrants, however, are simply inept in the use of technology. It could very well be that they are reluctant to adapt to these new technologies or simply avoid them altogether. The reason being that they have got through life so far without the use of these peripherals and don’t see how they are necessary.
There are also those who have developed a high level of interest of enthusiasm despite having been born outside the age rage of a digital native and can become just as proficient as those who had been. Inversely, we also see that there are some digital natives who, despite being born into the era of abundant technology do not adapt as readily as others.
This highlights a flaw in the general understanding of what a digital native is. It is inaccurate to say that all present day youths are the primary members of the digital natives group.
It is important to note that the technologies of today have been brought to us by the people who are generally considered digital migrants.
To be precise the differences between the digital natives and the digital migrants is not in age but in culture.