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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 Slovakia?

Compared to other OECD countries, Slovakia’s exposure to the opportunities and risks of the digital transformation is mixed. At 64.4%, Slovakia’s share of jobs at risk of automation is the highest across all OECD countries. At the same time, Slovakia benefits more from a decrease in extended job strain associated with computer-based jobs than any other OECD country, potentially because of reduced physical demands. In most other areas, however, Slovakia report below average scores, meaning that it is protected from risks but also reaps relatively few opportunities. People in Slovakia are less engaged online in the political and social spheres, with only 7% of people expressing political opinions online. At the same time, important risks in the areas of digital security and governance and civic engagement are relatively contained. Online consumption and health information sought online are slightly above the OECD average. In terms of access to the Internet, which is now at 81.3%, Slovakia has experienced enormous gains from 23.0% in 2005. The use, variety of use and inequality of use of the Internet is at average levels of OECD countries, and associated life satisfaction gains are moderate.

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