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Stories From Experts About the Impact of Digital Life

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Over the years of canvassings by Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center, many technology experts and scholars have been anxious about the way people's online activities can undermine truth, foment distrust, jeopardize individuals' well-being when it comes to physical and emotional health, enable trolls to weaken democracy and community, compromise human agency as algorithms become embedded in more activities, kill privacy, make institutions less secure, open up larger social divisions as digital divides widen, and wipe out untold numbers of decent-paying jobs.

An early-2018 canvassing of technology experts, scholars, and health specialists on the future of digital life captures observations and anecdotes of how hyperconnected life changes people's well-being. The report shares the observations of many experts describing a number of powerful ways digital life makes things better.

From Pew Research Center
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