How’s life in the digital age in the Netherlands?

People in the Netherlands benefit substantially from the opportunities offered by the digital transformation compared to other OECD countries, yet they are also exposed to a few key risks. Access to Internet and Internet use, both in terms of the share of users and the variety of online activities that people participate in are high compared to other OECD countries. People in the Netherlands have relatively high levels of digital skills, and these skills are relatively equally distributed across the population. This allows high levels of participation in key online activities in various well-being dimensions, and 37% of Dutch people engage in the online sale of goods and services, more than in any other OECD country. They are also among the most avid tele-workers in the OECD. However, the high prevalence of computer-based jobs also means that a relatively large share of workers experience job stress and worries about work outside of work time. In addition, children in the Netherlands are relatively prone to extreme use of the Internet, with 33% of children using the Internet for more than six hours on a typical weekend day.

Figure 4.24. The digital well-being wheel in the Netherlands

Note: This wheel depicts the Netherlands’ 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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