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.



How's life in the digital age in Mexico?

Unfortunately, a large number of indicators are missing for Mexico, limiting a comprehensive assessment of impacts. Where data exists, evidence suggests that people in Mexico benefit from the opportunities of the digital transformation to a limited degree, whereas a number of risks are present. Access to Internet remains limited in Mexico, which has the lowest share of households connected to broadband Internet, at 51%, as well as the lowest share of Internet users. In addition, fewer Mexican students have access to digital resources at school than in any other OECD country. Key online activities, such as online education or searching for health information online are not widely leveraged, compared to other OECD countries. In addition, Mexico is relatively exposed to the spread of disinformation online: 43% of Mexicans report having experienced this in the past week – the third highest share across the OECD. At the same time, Mexico has made strides to publish open government data and ranks in the top tier in this area.



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