"While some have worried that technology has hurt family time, a new study shows that mobile phones and Internet connections are bringing family members closer together.
“Having a telecommunications device on me keeps me on top of everything,'' said Carrie Conner, an accountant and mother in San Antonio.
Conner uses her BlackBerry smart phone daily, keeping up with to-do lists, responding to e-mail, coordinating schedules as well as doing a myriad of work and volunteer tasks. Her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe, has an iPhone and her 11-year-old son, Casey, has a slider mobile phone.
The Conner family uses technology as a tool to keep in touch in an increasingly busy world, and they are part of a growing number of families relying on technology to stay connected, according to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project study.
Instead of isolating family members, technology allows them to share experiences and to reach each other remotely, said Tracy Kennedy, author of the “Networked Families” report, which relied on a national survey of 2,252 adults."
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