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How's Life in the Digital Age?

Opportunities and Risks of the Digital Transformation for People's Well-being

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This report documents how the ongoing digital transformation is affecting people’s lives across the 11 key dimensions that make up the How’s Life? Well-being Framework (Income and wealth, Jobs and earnings, Housing, Health status, Education and skills, Work-life balance, Civic engagement and governance, Social connections, Environmental quality, Personal security, and Subjective well-being). A summary of existing studies highlights 39 key impacts of the digital transformation on people’s well-being. The review shows that these impacts can be positive as digital technologies expand the boundaries of information availability and enhance human productivity, but can also imply risks for people’s well-being, ranging from cyber-bullying to the emergence of disinformation or cyber-hacking. In sum, making digitalisation work for people’s well-being would require building equal digital opportunities, widespread digital literacy and strong digital security. Continued research and efforts in improving statistical frameworks will be needed to expand our knowledge on the many topics covered in this report.

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How's life in the digital age in Finland?

Finland enjoys many of the opportunities and benefits of the digital transformation, relative to other OECD countries. Access and use of the Internet and the variety of activities that people use the Internet for is high compared to other countries, and life satisfaction gains are relatively high. At the same time, the level of inequality of uses of the Internet is low relative to OECD countries. At 5.6% of employment, information industries contribute significantly to employment in Finland, digital skills are digital resources in education are high and few jobs are at risk of automation relative to OECD countries, but related job strain is at the OECD average, and digitalisation is not reducing job strain in Finland. People in Finland use the internet at high rates for consumption, to search for jobs, use e-government and seek health information, but less for social networking, relative to OECD countries. At 21kg e-waste per inhabitant, Finland is above the OECD average in pollution from electronic waste.

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