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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 Luxembourg?

Compared to other OECD countries, Luxembourg benefits highly from the opportunities offered by the Internet but is also exposed to substantial risks. In Luxembourg, the levels of Internet access, Internet use, and variety of uses of the Internet are among the highest in the OECD. Compared to other OECD countries, a large share of the population in Luxembourg uses the Internet in a range of dimensions, such as for the purpose of online consumption and finding health information online. These benefits are also relatively equally distributed across the population. On the other hand, the data show that Luxembourg is highly exposed to risks in the dimension of digital security; it ranks first in the share of people reporting online security incidents among OECD countries. Because of the large share of workers with computer-based jobs, Luxembourg is particularly exposed to the adverse effects of job stress and worries about work when not working. Luxembourg is also above the OECD average with respect to the share of people who lack the skills to access e-government services and in terms of e-waste per person.

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