Americans’ Views of the Impact of Technology on Everyday Life

November 13, 2015

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Boomers & Older | Digital | Technology | Youth & Gen X

HarrisPoll-Impact-Tech-Everyday-Life-Nov2015Source: The Harris Poll

    Notes: Almost three-quarters of US adults believe that technology has become too distracting, with Millennials (18-35) slightly above-average in their agreement, according to a recent Harris Poll. A strong majority also agree that technology is corrupting interpersonal communications (69%) and having a negative impact on literacy (59%) with these figures highest among Baby Boomers. However, there are positive associations with technology use, as 71% (73% of Millennials) believe it has improved the quality of their life and 51% (67% among Millennials) feel that is enhances their social life.

    Indeed, more respondents believe that technology is having a positive than negative effect on various aspects of their lives, including their ability to learn new skills, their relationships with friends, their ability to live life the way they want to, and their happiness.

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        About the Data: The Harris Poll was conducted online, in English, within the United States between June 17 and 22, 2015 among 2,220 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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