Technology is enabling new forms of family connectedness that revolve around remote cell phone interactions and communal internet experiences.
Although some commentators have expressed fears that technology pulls families apart, this survey finds that couples use their phones to connect and coordinate their lives, especially if they have children at home. American spouses often go their separate ways during the day, but remain connected by cell phones and to some extent by internet communications. When they return home, they often have shared moments of exploration and entertainment on the internet.A majority of adults say technology allows their family life today to be as close, or closer, than their families were when they grew up.
While new communication technologies have increased the amount of time some people spend at the office or working from home, few people see them as having a negative impact on family closeness.
Indeed, 25% of our survey respondents feel that their family today is now closer than their family when they were growing up thanks to the use of the internet and cell phones, while just 11% say their family today is not as close as families in the past. A majority of adults downplay the impact of technology entirely: 60% feel that new technologies have not made their family any more or less close than families in the past.
This is true of my experience as well.