20th Youth Workshop
Digital Technologies and Wellbeing
23~24 February 2023
Digital technology has forever broken-down spatial barriers, keeping people connected whenever, wherever. Almost half of the world is connected to the internet, and in countries that are members of the OECD almost everyone is online.  Although economies, governments and societies have been going digital for nearly half a century, as digital technologies develop rapidly in innovative ways, the pace of digital transformation has quickened, heading into unprecedented directions.
The ongoing digital transformation holds promises to spur innovation, generate efficiencies, and improve services, creating a more interconnected and better world for us humans. Yet the eye-catching and life-changing benefits may come at a cost. While digital technologies may have provided opportunities to enhance access to information, advance science and improve healthcare, and enrich education, it has also brought upon us challenges related to work-life imbalances; foster the segregation of people into relatively isolated, like-minded groups; diminish privacy and lead to screen addiction, depression and cyberbullying.  It has especially taken a bigger toll on children and young people, with social media exacerbating feelings of anxiety and depression, disturbing sleep patterns, leading to cyber-bullying and distorting body image.
Regardless, more and more people are making use of personal digital devices such as the computer and the mobile phone to access the Internet. From 2010 to 2016, the number of fixed broadband subscriptions increased by 26% in OECD countries, while mobile Internet subscriptions increased from 824.5 million to 3,864 million worldwide.
Before these digital developments dramatically change the way people interact, live, work, or spend leisure time in unprecedented ways, this workshop aims to pause, reflect and examine how digital technologies have affected the wellbeing of people, both the good and the bad. It’ll be comprised of a diverse lectures and discussion sessions to define digital transformation and wellbeing and learn about the negative effects of technology on our mental and physical health, while also exploring innovative technologies that are facilitating a comforting and mentally safer life. Participants will be provided the chance to rethink and reshape the relationship between digital technologies, in their own lives and also in society to shape the digital transformation so that it benefits society and leaves no one’s wellbeing behind.
 Echazarra, A. (2018), "How has Internet use changed between 2012 and 2015?", PISA in Focus, No. 83, OECD Publishing, Paris
 OECD (2019), Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives, OECD Publishing, Paris
 OECD (2017a), OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017, OECD Publishing, Paris
2023 February 23 (14:00 ~ 17:00)
2023 February 24 (14:00 ~ 17:00)
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