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Digital Illiteracy - Navigating Digital Literacy in the Age of Automation

Digital illiteracy refers to a lack of knowledge and skills in using the digital technologies. Digital illiterate persons are not able to effectively understand, navigate or utilize digital tools and resources. Those people do not know how to use technological devices. They may struggle with basic tools like computer, navigation the internet or understanding how to use apps and software. They may find it challenging to communicate online, access information, or participate in digital activities. Digital illiteracy can limit the access to job opportunities.

World is moving to age of automation. As technology advances and automation becomes more common, it can create a knowledge gap and difficulties for those who are digitally illiterate. Digital literacy skills are crucial for understanding and effectively utilizing automated system. Without these skills individual may struggle to navigate. Digitally illiterate people may find difficulties to adapt automated processes, leading to widening digital divide.

Disadvantages/Effects of Digital Illiteracy

Digital Illiteracy Decrease Competitiveness:   

 Digital illiteracy can decrease competitiveness in today’s digital world. Companies that don’t adopt digital illiteracy can’t optimize their operations. Digital skills are becoming more essential as technologies are advancing. Without digital literacy individual may struggle to keep up with technological advancement, hence it leads to lack of competitiveness in job market. Businesses risk losing sensitive data due to employee digital illiteracy. Digital skills such as using apps and different software, online communication, navigation the internet and understanding of digital tools are increasingly in demand.


Difficulty In Finding Employment:

Digital illiterate people may face difficulty in finding employment because they do not have digital skills that many employers seek and that is require for job. They do not have ability to utilize digital tools for tasks like networking, navigate online job platforms, create professional resumes, use email for communication. In today’s digital-driven industries digitally illiterate people may struggle to meet the requirement of potential employers. Companies now use automated systems for recruitment and hiring processes, which require digital skills. By improving digital skills and staying up to date with technology, digital illiterate individuals can increase their chances of finding employment in today’s digital-driven worlds and staying competitive in job market.


Limited access to online services and resources:

Digital illiteracy limits access to online services and resources because digitally illiterate people have no idea about utilization of digital tools and technologies, and they may struggle to navigate online platform. Digital illiterate people cannot effectively use online services like online learning platforms, E-commerce platforms, digital banking, social media platforms, streaming platforms, online job portals, digital libraries, and government services etc. Without the abilities to effectively use these online platforms and services, digitally illiterate may miss out the benefits that online services offer. Digitally illiterate people may not know how to create accounts. It is important to improve digital literacy skills to access and get benefits from online services and resources.


Difficulty in adopting to technology advancements:

Digitally illiterate people may face difficulties in adopting to technology advancements because they cannot understand innovative technologies and they do not have necessary skills and knowledge for utilization of digital tools. They may struggle and find it difficult to operate new devices, adapt to changing digital interfaces and navigate complex software. This can lead to frustration, fear and feeling of being left behind in fast-paced digital world. This can create a digital divide, where those who are digitally literate have a significant advantage over those who are not. Digitally illiterates can overcome these challenges with proper digital literacy training and support.


Reduce productivity:

Digital illiteracy can reduce productivity because digitally illiterate people may find it difficult to use digital tools and technologies efficiently. Digitally illiterate employees face difficulty in online communication and hurt internal productivity. Without the digital literacy tasks that can be done more quickly and easily online may take longer or be more challenging. Without digital skills people cannot efficiently complete tasks, access information, collaborate with others and automate processes. It can also cause misunderstandings, mistakes and errors when using digital platform for work. Without the ability to utilize digital resources efficiently, productivity can suffer.


Solving Digital illiteracy:

Digital illiteracy is a significant issue, but there are ways to address it. Education and training programs can help the people to gain digital skills.

Providing internet to undeserved communities:

Providing accessible and affordable internet access to undeserved communities is a crucial step in addressing digital illiteracy. Access to the internet opens a world of information, resources and opportunities for individual who may not have had previous exposure. It allows them to access educational materials, to learn new skills and connect with others globally. By providing internet we can empower individual in underserved communities to overcome digital illiteracy and participate fully in digital age.


Developing user-friendly technology:

User-friendly technology plays a crucial role in solving digital illiteracy because it makes digital tools and devices easier to understand. Simple and intuitive interfaces and clear instructions can help individuals feel more confident and comfortable when using digital devices and applications. It reduces the barrier that digital illiterates may face.


Offering digital illiteracy programs in school and community centers:

Offering digital illiteracy programs in schools and community centers is an effective way to address digital illiteracy. These programs provide hands-on training, workshops and resources that help the individuals to understand and utilize digital tools and to develop digital skills.


Conducting’s awareness campaigns for the importance of digital illiteracy:

Raising awareness campaigns about the digital literacy can help to educate the individuals about benefits and opportunities that digital skills can bring. Awareness campaigns can also address common misconceptions and fears surroundings technology, making it more approachable for those who may be hesitate. Ultimately, leading to reduction in digital illiteracy.


In conclusion, digital illiteracy is a significant issue in today’s digital age. It poses difficulties in adopting the technology advancements, causes difficulties finding employments, limits access to online information, services, and resources, causes communication barriers, reduces job opportunities, increases social exclusion, and decrease competitiveness in today’s digital job markets. Addressing digital illiteracy is crucial to reduce these effects. Funds could be invested in providing education for digitally illiterates. By providing internet access to undeserved communities, offering digital literacy programs, developing user-friendly technology, promoting awareness, fostering partnerships between government and private sector to address the issue collectively and fostering supportive environment, we can empower individuals to navigate digital landscape with confidence and fully participate in digital world.


  • Areesha Arooj

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  • Qurat ulain

    Qurat ul Ain is a dynamic individual recognized as a National Youth Leader representing the Institute of International Peace Leaders. Her academic background includes a graduation in microbiology, where she conducted research on discovering microbes at UVAS Jhang campus. Alongside her scientific pursuits, Qurat is skilled as an Operation Theater Technician and is also known for her artistic talents. Driven by a passion for knowledge and innovation, Qurat aspires to pursue further studies as a researcher in microbiology, aiming to contribute to scientific advancements in her field. Beyond her academic and professional endeavors, she is actively involved in various national and international organizations, channeling her energy towards humanitarian causes and continuously seeking opportunities to enhance her knowledge and skills. With her diverse talents and commitment to personal and societal development, Qurat ul Ain embodies a multi-faceted personality poised to make significant contributions to her community and beyond.

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    Umme Ruman Fatima is a Microbiologist from University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. Her interests are in immunology and molecular cell biology