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 Poland?

In general, Poland has mixed performance in reaping the benefits of the digital transformation, but is also somewhat less exposed to the risks, compared to other OECD countries. The rate of access to the Internet in Poland (77.6% of households are connected to broadband Internet according to national sources) has increased substantially since 2005 (when the share was only 30.4%), and is now slightly above the OECD average. However, the share of people using the Internet remains low, the variety of uses of the Internet is limited, and there is substantial inequality of uses of the Internet. Despite the fact that teachers do not consider themselves to lack ICT skills, people in Poland have relatively low levels of digital skills and there are few digital resources in Polish schools. The share of jobs at risk of automation, at 50.4%, is high compared to other OECD countries. Due to the relatively low share of workers with computer-based jobs, the negative impacts of associated job stress and worries about work when not working are more contained than in other countries. In addition, the prevalence of other adverse effects, such as exposure to disinformation online or extreme internet use of children (23.4%) are below the OECD mean.



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