Digitalisation - A Boon Or Bane?

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek -By Barrack Obama”

Evolution of Technology:

World around us is changing drastically and evolution has struck the mankind in such a way that the primates change to what we today call as Humans. From eating fruits, raw meats, clothes of leaves and animal skin, living in forest, we have progressed ourselves to comfortable and luxurious lifestyle.The type of technology we used to use a few months ago has changed drastically in the today’s scenario because of the new innovation and ideas brought up time to time. 

Humans have started working on the new era of Robot who will work in place of humans. Thanks to the development of Artificial Intelligence(AI) that is based on Facial Recognition, Voice-Recognition and much more which would be enable to work to perform their tasks on daily bases.

Internet has also taken a quantum leap in these few years. Internet has a deep impact on our lifestyle. Because of internet we are now surrounded with Smartphones, Computers, Smart-Watches and many other electronic devices. This has marked the beginning of  Digitalisation around the globe.

What Is Digitalization:

In technical terms, Digitalization is the utilization of advanced innovations to change a plan of action and give new income and worth delivering openings. It is the way which is  moving towards  to computerized business i.e. e-commerce. These days digital transformation is the motivation in the private and open division. Organizations are searching for approaches to use digital technology in such a way to make an incentive for their partners.

Earlier Internet acted as a means for searching valuable information, or as a sources of entertainment. Digitization has reached in towns too, individuals have begun the idea of making things work in a quick pace and with max availability. Informal organizations like WhatsApp and Facebook are the most downloaded applications in India. It has made our lives simpler as far as being in contact with our loved ones, tragically deceased companions or individual colleagues.

E - Commerce: 

Today because of Internet a new industry has emerged known as E-Commerce or which we all know as Online Shopping. E-commerce has brought a revolution in the traditional way of shopping ranging from vegetables to electronic items. Platforms such as Big Basket, Grofers have gain quite a popularity in such a short-span of time. 

E-Commerce giants such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal provide a wide ranging services such as Pantry Items, Electronics, Clothing, Stationary etc. It saves a lot of time and provide a huge amount of discount to customers as well. Thus, a lot of people have skipped to such platform from shopping.

We have started skipping the long queues for paying bills, Recharges for Television, Mobiles for booking ticket for flights, trains, movies, Educational Fees and many more. People have started using mobile wallets like Paytm, Phone-Pe, Amazon Pay etc. and dedicated mobile application for various banks which enable them to use net-banking, UPI services to send and receive money. This has thus reformed the banking system as well. Hence, digitalisation has made our life much easier and has saved us a lot of time as well.

Education and Digitalisation:

Education has also become digitalised due to this era of digital age. Popular learning platforms such as  EDX, Coursera, Udemy has made learning new skills such as MS Word, MS Excel and many more very convenient and easy. Distance -Learning or E-Learning has become possible because of digitization. 

Today in this this pandemic hit time due to COVID-19 because of digitalisation only, the educating of the youth has been possible. Video conferencing applications such as Zoom ,Webinar, Google Hangouts, Skype has provided medium to deliver quality education the students.

In order to strength the Digitalization in India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi propelled “Digital India” campaign on 1 July 2015, which has empowered agent and recipient of other key Government of India plans, for example, BharatNet, Make in India, Startup India, and Standup India, Bharatmala, Sagarmala. 

Advanced India is a battle propelled by the Government of India so as to guarantee the Government's administrations are made accessible to residents electronically by improved online foundation and by expanding Internet network or making the nation carefully engaged in the field of innovation.The activity incorporates plans to associate provincial regions with rapid web systems. 

Advanced India comprises of three segments:

Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to every citizen:-

  1. Rapid web will be made accessible in all gram panchayats.
  2. Cradle to grave advanced personality.
  3. Mobile and Bank record would empower interest in computerized and budgetary space at singular level.
  4.  Easy access to basic assistance place inside their region.
  5. Shareable private space on an open cloud; and Safe and secure the internet in the nation.

 Governance and Services on demand:-

  1. Single window access to all people via flawlessly coordinating divisions or wards.
  2. Accessibility of taxpayer driven organizations in on the web and versatile stages.
  3. All resident qualifications to be accessible on the Cloud to guarantee simple access.
  4. Making money related exchanges over a limit, electronic and cashless.
  5. Leveraging GIS for choice emotionally supportive networks and improvement.

Digital Empowerment Of Citizen:- 

  1. All-inclusive advanced proficiency.
  2. All computerized assets all around open.
  3.  All administration reports/testaments to be accessible on the Cloud.
  4. Availability of advanced assets/benefits in Indian dialects.
  5.  Collaborative advanced stages for participative administration.
  6. Portability of all privileges for people through the cloud.

According to statistics as of 31 December 2018, India had a population of 130 crore people (1.3 billion), 123 crore (1.23 billion) Aadhar digital biometric identity cards, 121 crore (1.21 billion) mobile phones, 44.6 crore (446 million) smartphones, 56 crore (560 million) internet users up from 481 million people (35% of the country's total population) in December 2017, and 51 per cent growth in e-commerce.

Internet Services in India:

Latest statistics reveal that Internet services in India is getting quicker than we had envisioned. India had 451 million month to month dynamic web clients as on 31 March 2019, which is second just to China's 800 million+ client base, asserts another report 'India Internet 2019' by IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India) in a joint effort with Nielsen Holdings.

Out of the 451 million clients, 385 million have a place with the age gathering of 12 years or more, while 66 million are matured somewhere in the range of 5 and 11 years, recommending that a critical number of India's segment on web are really younger students which used phone of their parents. Thus, Digitalisation has acted as a boon. But a coin has two sides and so do this. It has also acted as a bane for us at moments.

Internet services in India:

Using gadgets such as Smartphones, Laptops are okay if one is not addicted to them. Digital addiction has become a common issue amongst youngsters in form of game addiction, social media addiction, internet addiction and has taken up a serious shape today. The people has stated that it has destroyed the families and individuals no longer have family get-together and regardless of whether they do; they are occupied in their mobiles for reasons unknown. 

They have hampered the thinking skill of the children. Children without applying their brain try to copy all the assignments directly from the internet. In this day and age, where everybody has web get to, however not every person has right information about what is correct and what's going on in the web. It has  turned into a tranquil security danger. 

Tricks on web have been expanding numerous folds and have kept on misleading guiltless individuals, plundering a huge number of dollars. These tricky craftsmen work proficiently, by deceiving and tricking individuals in bait of more cash or some other strategies.

It also causes physical ailments like constant headache, eyesight problems, memory loss, low attention span, back pain, neck pain, intense weight gain and loses inability to sleep properly. Radiations released from these devices are harmful and have a deep impact on our body.


Thus, it is essential to have a healthy lifestyle where there is a balance between everything. This doesn’t mean that modern technology or digitalisation is a bad thing, but is necessary to keep up a check on the usage. We don’t need to become slave of this digitalization rather use it in a better productive and proficient way.

Name - Ujjwal Goel

Edited by -  Chhavi Gupta