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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 France?

France benefits in some ways from the digital transformation, but it is also more exposed to digital risks relative to other OECD countries. 28% of people in France report having experienced online security incidents, one of the highest rates in the OECD, and extreme use of the Internet by children is higher than the OECD average. While schools are equipped with digital resources, teachers report lacking necessary ICT skills more often than in the OECD on average. Internet use and access, and the variety of activities that people use the Internet for is higher than in other countries but the level of inequality of uses of the Internet is close to the OECD average. France ranks as one of the highest in the OECD for government data availability and accessibility, according to the OURdata Index. In France, the life satisfaction gains from using the Internet are slightly higher than the OECD average due to a relatively high share of Internet users, and there is lower job strain associated with computer use, but the high share of computer-based workers relative to other OECD countries is associated with a higher risk of worries about work outside of work hours.

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