Digitization meets with broad approval among Germans – and is seen as an opportunity across all age groups. But fears remain that not everyone will benefit to the same extent, according to a recent study.
Accordingly, the general openness to digital technologies is generally very high: Nine out of ten (88 percent) have a positive attitude towards digital technologies. For 89 percent, digital technologies have become an integral part of their own lives; for 80 percent they make life easier.
However, a majority (58 percent) sees Germany as digitally divided and fears that not everyone will benefit equally from technological progress. After all, the proportion of people who perceive a split has decreased somewhat compared to the previous year (2021: 65 percent). When asked whether digitization is going too fast or too slow, the picture is divided: 57 percent say digitization is going too slowly, 23 percent think the pace is just right and 18 percent say digitization is going too fast. The latter is said in particular by those over 75 (36 percent).
Measures to strengthen their own digital competence are important to the respondents. Eight out of ten (83 percent) want digital media and information skills to be promoted across the entire education chain. Appropriately, 57 percent say that free training and further education offers should be created. 71 percent would like barrier-free digital offers, for example through simple operation and explanations in plain language.
“The vast majority of people in Germany use digital technologies as a matter of course. But there is also a much too large group that cannot keep up with the development, for which digitization is going too fast. This is where we have to start and focus on teaching digital and media skills from childhood to old age,” said Bitkom President Achim Berg when presenting the study.