Mobile Future

Modern technology keeps families connected

Whether it’s a back-to-school shopping trip or just an afternoon ski run, as I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, even when we’re apart, cell phones have enabled my family to stay close and connected with each other.  And it appears that our family is not alone.

On Sunday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project released poll results that found that 25 percent of respondents said cell phones and online communications made their families closer, 60 percent of adults said the new technologies did not affect the closeness of their families and only 11 percent said the technology had a negative effect

The year 2000 marked the first decade in which a majority of Americans used Internet and cell phone technology.  The advances in these technologies have certainly corresponded to increases in multi-tasking and general activity, but it has also allowed me the freedom to live my life as I choose.  Whether that means texting my daughter to see what she’s up to without being too much of a "helicopter mom," or starting a business in the mountains of Montana – technology and cell phones have kept me close to my loved ones.

For more interesting data from the poll, check out the Washington Post Story, "Internet, Cell phones May Strengthen Family Unit, Study Finds."