Written by Juergen T Steinmetz
Saudi Arabia is not only becoming a leader in the global travel and tourism industry attracting organizations, initiatives to have a headquarter in the Kingdom, but the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is also concerned about the influence new technology has over a person’s mental well-being, and for families.
As the world adjusts to a post-pandemic reality dominated by technology, public concerns about the dangers of over-consumption are gathering pace.
According to a major new survey from Saudi Arabia-based cultural institute, Ithra, almost half (44%) of all people are worried about the impact of internet and smartphone use on their health.
At an event to launch their digital wellbeing program – Sync, Ithra announced plans for an annual global summit, to take place in December.
According to the survey, the overwhelming majority (88%) of respondents worldwide agree that technology can be a great force for progress, with the key benefits including access to news, connectivity and freedom.
Many of these benefits were brought to the fore by the COVID-19 outbreak, with 64% crediting technology with having helped combat the pandemic. The outcome, however, is that almost everyone (91%) is spending more time online as a result.
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