The term “digital retardation” refers to the delay or slowdown in the progress of digitalization, digital transformation or digital change.

The term “digital retardation” refers to any delay or slowdown in the process of the dissemination and use of digital technologies. The term “digital retardation” can refer to both the process of delay and the developmental state that has occurred due to this process.

The term “digital retardation” in the broad sense includes any delay in the spread or adoption of digital technologies, regardless of their cause.

In a narrower understanding of terms, “digital retardation” can also refer to the targeted slowing down of digitization, digital transformation or digital change.

A single specific cause of “digital retardation” is called “digital retarding moment” or “digital retarding factor”.

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.