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Technological Constructions of Reality: An Ontological Perspective
Unformatted Document Text:  Running Head: TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY technology has been limited within an individual’s lifetime, there is little to no interest in technology usage, or the media literacy for the individual is low. For example, people in this group could be the elderly who have had limited availability of new media technologies in comparison to older versions of technology (i.e. availability of television versus the Internet), or some people struggling with poverty who cannot afford new media technologies. Moderate hypermedia usage consists of moderate media usage (between low and heavy), if the availability of the technology has existed within at least half the individual’s lifetime, there is moderate interest in technology usage, or the media literacy for the individual is moderate. For example, this group may consist of people who are not “tech-savvy” and do not have a large interest in learning new technologies but have learned a few basic innovations (i.e. Internet, social networking sites, email). Heavy hypermedia usage consists of heavy media usage (engages with hypermedia multiple times a day), the individual has always known of the technology within all or most of her lifetime, personal interest in using technological advancements is high, or media literacy in using the technology is high. For example, most undergraduate students were born in the 1990s and for them new technologies have always existed in their lifetime (i.e. the Internet). This is also a group of people that is most likely to want to learn and use new media technologies and become increasingly dependent on these technologies in order to communicate or “stay up to date” with friends, peers, and family. These categories set a bare skeletal structure for how to approach examining hypermedia usage and are not all-inclusive or all exclusive at this point. Individuals may have characteristics within multiple categories and as such a more in-depth examination of the individual may be required to determine which category accurately depicts her technology usage. Users who are categorized as heavy technology users are more likely to 22

Authors: Vincent, Cindy.
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Running Head: TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY
technology has been limited within an individual’s lifetime, there is little to no interest in 
technology usage, or the media literacy for the individual is low.  For example, people in this 
group could be the elderly who have had limited availability of new media technologies in 
comparison to older versions of technology (i.e. availability of television versus the Internet), or 
some people struggling with poverty who cannot afford new media technologies.  Moderate 
hypermedia usage consists of moderate media usage (between low and heavy), if the availability 
of the technology has existed within at least half the individual’s lifetime, there is moderate 
interest in technology usage, or the media literacy for the individual is moderate.  For example, 
this group may consist of people who are not “tech-savvy” and do not have a large interest in 
learning new technologies but have learned a few basic innovations (i.e. Internet, social 
networking sites, email).  
Heavy hypermedia usage consists of heavy media usage (engages with hypermedia 
multiple times a day), the individual has always known of the technology within all or most of 
her lifetime, personal interest in using technological advancements is high, or media literacy in 
using the technology is high.  For example, most undergraduate students were born in the 1990s 
and for them new technologies have always existed in their lifetime (i.e. the Internet).  This is 
also a group of people that is most likely to want to learn and use new media technologies and 
become increasingly dependent on these technologies in order to communicate or “stay up to 
date” with friends, peers, and family.  These categories set a bare skeletal structure for how to 
approach examining hypermedia usage and are not all-inclusive or all exclusive at this point. 
Individuals may have characteristics within multiple categories and as such a more in-depth 
examination of the individual may be required to determine which category accurately depicts 
her technology usage.  Users who are categorized as heavy technology users are more likely to 
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