IST Results – Do ICTs improve our lives?:
The projectâ€™s final report reveals that many of the assumptions about ICTs and their advantages or disadvantages are not entirely accurate.
We assume, for example, that computer skills improve our chances to find a new job, with an estimate of 60 percent of existing jobs and 90 percent of new ones requiring ICT skills, according to the SOCQUIT report. Based on these figures, PC skills should have a determining effect on peopleâ€™s ability to find employment.
On the contrary, â€œOur study showed that it is the social contact with other people that influences if people find a job or not, rather than the level of their ICT skills,â€ explains Heres. Equally, ICT benefits for elderly people are not reflected in the job market. â€œWe did not find convincing evidence that the employment issue can be solved with ICT. However we did find examples that because of ICT, the elderly leave their jobs,â€ he says. These people are not motivated to change, as there are younger people with better skills, according to Heres.
they showed, once again, that social contact is very important.