Impact Of Technology On Family Interaction

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HOW TECHNOLOGY IMPACTS FAMILY INTERACTION
KEIDRA OLIVER
AUGUST 27,2017
VIRGINIA COLLEGE
TIME SPENT: 4 HOURS

Abstract
This study examines how technology has a negative impact on family interaction. We will discuss how new media technologies such as, “video games, computer games, the internet and e-mail” as well as televisions, mobile phones, Mp3 players and other types of modern technology are playing a major role in everyday life in modern society. There are three ways we will focus on in this study of how technology impacts family interaction; distraction, depression, and addiction. We will discuss each of these topics, and discuss ways to improve our family interaction.
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It represents a shift in how people spend their time and where they focus their energy. (Sorenson, 2015) Technology can also be a distraction when it is not in use. When briefly disconnected from their smartphones in a 2014 study, self-described heavy users indicated having higher anxiety levels than moderate users after just 10 minutes. Many of these distractions are likely unintentional or unconsciously done, but can still send a message that the technology device is more important in that moment than one’s loved ones. If this happens frequently, the relationship could suffer. And our findings suggest that this is often the case: We found that people who reported more technoference in their couple relationship also reported more conflict over technology use, lower relationship satisfaction, more depressive symptoms, and lower life satisfaction. In another study, researchers were able to sample 143 married/cohabiting women. Each woman reported how often certain devices, like cell or smartphones, tablets, computers, and TVs, interrupted interactions she had with her husband or partner. The women also rated how often specific technology interruption situations occurred, such as a partner sending text messages to others during the couple’s face-to-face conversations or getting on his phone during mealtimes. Overall, about 70% of the women in our sample said that
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