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 Spain?

Overall, Spain belongs to the group of countries that enjoy more digital opportunities but also face more risks than the OECD average. The share of people using the Internet and the variety of activities that people use the Internet for are slightly above the OECD average. Spain performs relatively poorly in the share of employment in information industries and faces a relatively high risk of job automation, with 52% of jobs estimated to be at risk. In addition, the labour market returns to ICT tasks are below the OECD average. On the other hand, a relatively high share of people in Spain make use of online health services such as making medical appointments online, and efforts to open government data are considered to be advanced compared to other countries, according to the OECD OURdata Index.



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