Technology is evolving fast, but it slowly seeps into our everyday lives, and as it does so tends to rub some Americans the wrong way. It’s not surprising to find that many adults remain divided on how technology impacts the way we live. On one hand, a strong segment of society believes technology has improved the overall quality of their lives (71%) and encourages people to be more creative (68%). But at the same time, an equally strong contingent believes technology is creating a lazy society (73%), has become too distracting (73%), is corrupting interpersonal communications (69%), and is having a negative impact on literacy (59%).
This data results from The Harris Poll June 17-22 2015, which revealed one shocking statistic: “More Americans say they can live without sex than say they can live without the internet or their computer.” (This stat does not include me)
On an encouraging note, a majority say technology has had a positive effect on their ability to learn new skills (63%). Over 4 in 10 also say it has a positive effect on: Relationships with friends (46%), ability to live life the way they want (45%), happiness (43%), and social life (42%).
Generational gaps. –It’s well known that different generations hold differing opinions about any aspect of technology. Since Millennials are traditionally the most attuned to their tech devices, it’s no surprise that this group is more likely to say that tech has had a positive effect on nearly all aspects tested.
However, Millennials are also more likely to say technology has had a negative effect on their productivity both at home and at work.
Gender divides. –Men and Women offer differing opinions on how technology effects their lives as well.
- Women are more likely to have negative opinions that tech has become too distracting (76% vs. 70% of men).
- Women are more likely to believe it has a negative effect on their productivity at home (30% vs. 17%).
- But Women are also more likely to say they use it as an escape from their busy lives (50% vs. 43%).
- Men are more likely to believe it to have a positive effect on their ability to learn new skills (67% vs. 60%).
- Men are also more likely to believe it to have a positive impact on their safety and security (45% vs. 34%).
Read Article (Laurie Orlov | ageinplacetech.com | 11/04/2015)
This makes it very obvious, we hooked and would have a hard time unplugging from technology, now or anytime in the future. So everyone must become at least a little tech-savvy for their own wellbeing and that of their loved ones.
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