The term “digital age” is defined as the period in the course of human history that is shaped by digital information and communication technologies.

The “digital age” is thus the period in which digital change through digitalization and digital transformation has progressed so far that digital technologies have a formative influence on people’s lives.

In the sequence of historical epochs in the history of mankind, the “Digital Age” follows the “Industrial Age”. The transition from the industrial age to the digital age takes place within the context of “digital change”. Due to the magnitude and speed of the change, it is also called the “Digital Revolution”, which emphasizes the radical character that characterizes an abrupt turn of time.

The period before the Digital Age is called the “Predigital Epoch”. It encompasses all epochs of human history before the beginning of the Digital Age.

The early phase of the Digital Age is called the “Protodigital Epoch”.

The term “Digital Information Age” is used synonymously.

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The definition given above was proposed as part of the Digital Era Framework by Dr. Dr. Jörn Lengsfeld. The text was first published in: Jörn Lengsfeld: Digital Era Framework. Please refer to the original publication if you want to cite the text.