Technology A-Z
The Internet
Tech Hardware
Tech Software
Video Games
Protecting Your Children
Getting Help
The Online Mom Network

Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?

The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

How technology is influencing families

Parents are spending nearly the same amount of time consuming media and using various digital technologies as their kids. That’s just one of the findings in a recently completed study by the Barna Group, a California-based research company that focuses on faith and cultural issues.

The Family & Technology Report is the result of nationwide interviews with a representative, random sample of 416 U.S. households. By interviewing both parents and their children (ages 11 to 17), the study was able to compare technology use under the same socio-economic conditions, and also document each group’s perception of the other group’s technology habits.

Highlights from the study include the following:

1. Parents are just as dependent on technology as are teens and tweens.

It’s a common assumption that teenagers are driving the technology gap in families. Yet the research reveals that the gap is much smaller than most people imagine. In reality, parents are using technology and media to nearly the same degree as their 11- to 17-year-olds.

Parents are more likely than their tween and teen offspring to use cell phones and desktop computers, and are just as likely as their teens and tweens to use laptops and tablet-like devices. Furthermore, parents watch just as much television and movies, use the Internet for as many minutes per day, and spend more time on the telephone and e-mailing than do their tweens and teens.

The few technology and media-related tasks that young people do more often than their parents include listening to music, texting, and playing video games. Even in these categories, most parents are surprisingly active.

2. Most family members, including parents, feel that technology has been a positive influence on their families.

While many people assume that families are suffering from technology overload, the reality is very different. As expected, an overwhelmingly higher number of tweens and teens think that devices like computers, cell phones and video game systems make their family life better rather than worse (47% to 6%). But parents also think these devices have more of a positive effect by a nearly two-to-one ratio (32% to 18%).

The conclusion is that most families welcome technology, rather than regard it with suspicion. One of the reasons for this may be that many families use technology, including television, movies and video games, as a shared experience.

3. Very few adults or kids take a break from technology.

Americans’ dependence on—what some might call addiction to—digital technology is apparent in the study’s findings. One out of three parents and nearly half of 11- to 17-year-olds say there are no specific times when they choose to “disconnect from or turn off technology.” Only 10% of parents and 6% of teenagers say they try to take off one day a week from their digital usage.

Nearly half of both parents and teens said they e-mailed, texted or talked on the phone while eating in the last week. Two out of five kids and one-third of parents have used two or more screens simultaneously during this time period. And half of students and one-fifth of parents have checked e-mail or text messages while in bed in the last seven days.

4. Families experience conflict about technology, but not in predictable ways.

Only about one in every four parents said they had “strong disagreements about the limits on media and technology” on a weekly basis. About the same proportion says that “technology causes tension between me and my parents / kids.”

Despite the apparent harmony on technology use, half of parents (49%) worry about technology and media wasting their children’s time. For their part, one-fifth of teens and tweens (21%) say their parents have a “double standard when it comes to technology.” And one-sixth of these kids (17%) say their parents “bring their work home with them too much,” a habit that’s certainly enabled by technology.

The report goes on to suggest that technology appears to amplify the relational patterns and problems already in place: families that have healthy and frequent conversations find technology aiding that process, while families without such healthy interactions find that technology exacerbates the isolation of its members.

Is technology having a positive influence on your family life? Share your thoughts with The Online Mom!

Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Not Sure

© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.