Germans see digitization as an opportunity – and fear inequalities | TechBuzz

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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.

A large majority (87 percent) of the German population sees digitization as an opportunity, even 71 percent of those over 75 share this opinion. This is the result of a current study commissioned by the “Digital for All” initiative on the occasion of the third nationwide Digital Day on June 24, 2022.

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).

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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.

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“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.

Third nationwide day of action for digital participation

In order to promote digital participation throughout society, the Digital Day will take place for the third time on June 24, 2022. Throughout Germany, interested parties can experience digitization at over 2,000 events and activities – from seminars and live streams to advisory services, open days and hackathons. All actions can be viewed on an interactive map. The program can be filtered by topic categories and the full text can be searched.
The sponsor of the Digital Day is the “Digital for All” initiative. The alliance brings together 28 organizations from civil society, culture, science, business, welfare and the public sector. Digital Day 2022 is funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland. The day of action is accompanied by an all-day live stream at digitaltag.eu.



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