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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 Sweden?

Overall, Sweden is a high performer when it comes to embracing the opportunities of the digital transformation, while its exposure to risks is average, relative to other OECD countries. Sweden has high rates of ICT access and use, and has the highest performance in terms of variety of Internet uses, meaning that a large range of online activities are used by a majority of the population. In addition, the share of people with intermediate digital skills is the highest in the OECD, while the digital skills gap is very low. Sweden scores particularly high in the use of e-government services, which are taken up by 84% of people, almost double the OECD average. Teleworking is also common in comparison to other countries: 36% of workers have done so at least once. At the same time, the high share of workers with computer-based jobs means that workers are more exposed to the risks of job stress and worries about work when not working than in the OECD on average. Moreover, 36% of Swedish 15-year-olds are extreme Internet users, which is the third highest share in the OECD. The prevalence of cyberbullying, however, is relatively low.

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