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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 Slovenia?

Slovenia’s performance in opportunities and risks of the digital transformation is mixed. 81.7% of the population have access to the Internet, but the levels of Internet use and the variety of uses of the Internet are relatively low. Slovenia has one of highest levels of inequality of uses of the Internet among all OECD countries, meaning that a small portion of the population makes use of a large range of different online activities, but the majority of people only use a few key activities. Key online activities in the dimensions of health and social connections are not widely used, with 45% of people having used online social networking sites in the last three months. Overall, digital skills are around average OECD levels and 72% of students have access to digital resources at school, which is higher than the OECD average. However, the share of people who make use of online courses is relatively low. Given that many online activities are not widely taken up, privacy abuses and digital security incidents are relatively rare. Nonetheless, cyberbullying is more common in Slovenia than in other countries, with 10% of children reporting having been a victim.

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