The term “digital obsolescence”, or to be more precise: “digitally induced obsolescence”, is – in a broad understanding of the term – the superfluousness of the existing due to the spread of digital technologies.

In a narrower sense, the terms “digital obsolescence” and “digitally induced obsolescence” refer to the superfluousness of existing analog systems due to a serious change in the structure and functional logic of systems caused by digital technologies.

“Digital Induced Obsolescence” is a consequence of digitalization or digital transformation and a widespread phenomenon of digital change.

How to Cite

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.