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Networked families

Report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project

Parents are using the Internet and mobile phones to create a 'new connectivity' that builds on remote connections and shared Internet experiences.

The Internet and mobile phones have become central components of modern family life, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Among all households, the 'traditional family', consisting of both one’s parents, has the highest rate of technology usage and ownership. A national survey amongst the USA has found out that households with a married couple and minor children are more likely than other household types - such as single adults, homes with unrelated adults, or couples without children to have mobile phones and use the Internet.

The survey reveals that these high rates of technology ownership have an effect on family life. In particular, mobile phones allow family members to stay in touch more regularly even when they are not together in one and the same place. Moreover, many members of married-with-children households discover online material together.

Please read about the results in detail here.

Available on the website since October 22, 2008