Worried your family may be spending too much time on the internet and not enough time with each other? A new national survey of 2,252 adults from the Pew Internet & American Life Project asserts that these two things are not mutually exclusive. It showed that 50 percent of Internet users who live with a spouse and at least one child go online with one of their family members (spouse and/or child) a few times a week or more. 47 percent of those interviewed reported an increase in the quality of communication between family members, and the same percentage said there had been no difference.
25 percent said their family is closer today than when they were growing up.
11 percent said their family is not as close they were in the past.
60 percent said new technologies have not impacted the closeness of their family.
Much of this positive influence is attributed to cell phones as the central communication tools for families.
Furthermore, internet users are shown to socialize as frequently as non-users, the survey found.
Finally, one quarter of adults say they now watch less TV as a result of the internet. Roughly 90 percent of internet users say the time they spend online has no impact on the amount of time they spend with friends and family.
So what about you? Do you feel that modern technology — cell phones and the internet — has had a positive or negative impact on the way that you communicate with family and friends?