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Digital Literacy: Navigating the Digital Age with Confidence and Competence

Learning updated on  September 5, 2023 2 min read

Digital literacy is the ability to understand and communicate information online. It is a blend of technological and cognitive abilities.

Why digital literacy is important

There is a lot of information online, and not all of it is true. In this day and age, with social media having taken over the world, it's easy for anyone to write anything online. This is where digital literacy skills come in: you've got to be able to figure out what is true and what is false online.

Even simpler, being digitally literate means being able to use information and communication technologies correctly. This includes computers, cell phones, video calls, and social media platforms. Digital literacy requires that you are able to handle digital tools and the digital content that you find by using them.

You know those spam emails that always go around, letting you know that your account is closing and you must enter your credit card information to keep it open? Or the ones that ask for your social security number for a random "fraud check"? Knowing that those are fake means that you are digitally literate.

Learning digital literacy skills could save you one day. The digital landscape is always changing, and it's important to stay up-to-date.

Challenges in developing digital literacy

Digital literacy is so important to leading a full life in the twenty-first century, but it doesn't always come easy for people.

For one thing, being digitally literate requires a level of knowledge about all different types of technologies and their uses, not to mention the practical application of these technologies.

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This is where research skills come in (and a healthy dose of skepticism). QuillBot has an in-built digital research section, not to mention a Plagiarism Checker and Citation Generator. If you can't find a source for a piece of information, there's a good chance it's not true. If your content is being flagged for existing content/information, check to see where your quotes are coming from. Is the website reliable? Can you find confirmation of this information elsewhere online? What is the general consensus of the public?

It’s important to ensure that all of your content falls into two categories: original content that you’ve created, and properly cited content that you’re attributing to its original source.


Understanding and utilizing digital technologies in this day and age is imperative for successful communication. You must be able to use your mobile devices correctly and share general knowledge with others.

With so much false information floating around various digital platforms, being digitally literate is more important than ever.


Paige Pfeifer

Along with Mitchell Allen

Paige teaches QuillBot writers about grammar rules and writing conventions. She has a BA in English, which she received by reading and writing a lot of fiction. That is all she knows how to do.

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