How’s life in the digital age in France?

France benefits in some ways from the digital transformation, but it is also more exposed to digital risks relative to other OECD countries. 28% of people in France report having experienced online security incidents, one of the highest rates in the OECD, and extreme use of the Internet by children is higher than the OECD average. While schools are equipped with digital resources, teachers report lacking necessary ICT skills more often than in the OECD on average. Internet use and access, and the variety of activities that people use the Internet for is higher than in other countries but the level of inequality of uses of the Internet is close to the OECD average. France ranks as one of the highest in the OECD for government data availability and accessibility, according to the OURdata Index. In France, the life satisfaction gains from using the Internet are slightly higher than the OECD average due to a relatively high share of Internet users, and there is lower job strain associated with computer use, but the high share of computer-based workers relative to other OECD countries is associated with a higher risk of worries about work outside of work hours.

Figure 4.10. The digital well-being wheel in France

Note: This wheel depicts France’s relative performance in terms of key opportunities and risks in the context of the digital transformation. The centre of the wheel corresponds to the lowest outcome observed across all OECD countries, while the outer circle corresponds to the highest outcome. For opportunities (in dark blue) longer bars indicate better outcomes, whereas for risks (in yellow), longer bars indicate worse outcomes. If data are missing for any given indicator, the relevant segment of the circle is shaded in white.


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