Impact of Digital Revolution on Human Well-beingThe Digital Revolution refers to the sweeping changes brought about by digital computing and communication technology with the adoption and proliferation of digital computers in during the latter half of the 20th century and mobile computing devices in 21st century.

Digital  transformation,  with  its  many  associated  technologies,  is  arguably  the  most  pervasive  and  rapid  transformation  that  human  society  has  seen. Nearly   every   aspect   of   human   society,   industry,   organization,  economy  and  politics  has  been  or  is  being  transformed  by  it. The   effects   of   digitization   are   felt   at   all   levels,   from   individuals, communities, societies to nation states. Governments, industry and civil society are all seeking to understand the impacts of this transformation.

Different ways the Digital Revolution has impacted Human well-being include, but not limited to are:

Human Development

Digital technologies likely affect aspects of human activity and behaviour that have been shown to be fundamental to human development, such as the way children are parented or the way they learn.

Mental Health

Most developed countries are facing a  growing  mental  health  burden  reaching  crisis  proportions and emerging disproportionately in young people. It may be due in part to significant demographic changes and the changing social context in which we live,  where  expectations  may  not  meet  reality;  the  pace  of  life  has  increased  Many of these issues seem to be directly or indirectly related to the impacts of digitalisation on individuals, the economy and society.

Societal Changes

Whereas the digital drivers of mental illness tend to operate at an individual level, there is equal concern about the impacts of the transformation on various collective groupings that can  form  within  societies  and  affect  social    Social  media  has  helped  new  groups  and  communities  of  interest  to  form  and  grow,  but  it  has  also  enabled  more  polarised and entrenched views to take root, and among the groups that form are anti-social ones that take advantage of the dark web to build new collectives based on violent, anti-social,  morally  objectionable  or  illegal  behaviours.


Whether for  individuals  or  groups,  one  emergent  issue  of  personal  and  public  security  relates to the increasing potential for real and immediate impacts from various forms of virtual,  online  and  remote  surveillance.  For  instance,  on  one  hand  the concept of surveillance of public spaces may make people feel safer, but in practice is it also limiting personal freedom? Cyberbullying, and misuse of social media increasingly can polarize and fragment societies and threaten our sense of well being, especially if they spill over into real-world actions. Cyber Security has become significant aspect of security at all – national, organizational and individual level.  Mobile Apps are the latest threat to security at individual level


The concept of governance includes democratic processes (e.g. public representation, electoral integrity, trusted public institutions, independent and reliable 4th estate) as well as fair and just delivery of government core services. While these two meanings of  governance  must  be  distinguished,  they  nonetheless  both  affect  well being  and are themselves affected by the impact of digital technologies. Cyber Security has become part of National Security. Cyber Security and its Present Status in India

While there have been huge benefits to society from the digital revolution, especially in terms of the accessibility of information, there are a number of concerns. Expanded powers of communication and information sharing, increased capabilities for existing technologies, and the advent of new technology brought with it many potential opportunities for exploitation.

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