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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 Lithuania?

Overall, Lithuania’s exposure to the risks of the digital transformation is relatively high compared to the degree to which it reaps the benefits. In general, Lithuania’s exposure to the digital transformation remains limited, with relatively low levels of Internet access and internet use. The share of households with broadband Internet access remains well below the OECD average at 75%, although this is a substantial increase with respect to the 2005 level. Lithuania’s performance in digital skills is low compared to other OECD countries: only 17% of adults score at an intermediate level in the PIAAC problem-solving test. At the same time, people in Lithuania are exposed to some key risks. The share of jobs at risk of automation is the second highest in the OECD at an estimated 42%. In addition, Lithuania has a higher share of children reporting to be the victim of cyberbullying than any other OECD country. In other dimensions such as work-life balance, the digital transformation has had relatively little impact compared to other countries: both opportunities from teleworking and risks of worries about working associated with computer-based jobs are limited.

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