In this week's blog post on health and success, we're looking at digital literacy. If the words “Digital Literacy” sound boring to you, you’re not alone, but this issue is more interesting than you think. Think about it, if you’re like me a day without a computer or a phone is rare.
I know, the name sounds so boring, but if you've never heard of digital literacy, you'd like to know how damaging a lack of digital literacy is right now, and you'd like some ideas on what can be done, read on.
What is digital literacy?
Despite sounding like a technical issue, digital literacy is a human one. If you’re reading this right now, it means that you, like me and about half the world (UNICEF) are digitally literate.
Digital literacy is “having the skills you need to live, learn, and work in a society where communication and access to information are increasingly through digital technologies like internet platforms, social media, and mobile devices.”
The internet has changed my life. Without the internet, I wouldn’t have learned Calculus when I was 18, but it’s given me so much since then- that I still like it.
Why I love the internet
Jokes aside, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, because if anything I’m the opposite. I use technology every day, most of the time, without even thinking of it. Although phones and computers bring me anxiety, they also bring connection, opportunity and knowledge.
Without the internet, I wouldn’t have booked the yoga class where I met my boss Denise. I wouldn’t have this blog. I wouldn’t have become a Director of Voice ESEA. I wouldn’t know about little things like circadian rhythms and optimal caffeine intake or found Bad Bunny or met my first boyfriend or even be in the room I’m living in right now.
The reason I know about digital literacy is a few months ago I had the pleasure of speaking to Bob Gann online (of course) on a Zoom call. Bob is an experienced former digital health consultant for organisations like the NHS, and he touched on digital literacy driving home the need to address this digital inequality as soon as possible.
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