In this report, we take advantage of a particularly large survey to conduct a unique exploration not only of technology use between Americans ages 65 or older and the rest of the population, but within the senior population as well. Two different groups of older Americans emerge. The first group which leans toward younger, more highly educated, or more affluent seniors has relatively substantial technology assets, and also has a positive view toward the benefits of online platforms.
Specifically, I focused my research on how Facebook is altering the methods users employ to build and maintain a network of friends. This research was facilitated by a survey of Georgetown undergraduates on their uses of various communication technologies, and especially the internet, in keeping connected with others. Furthermore, both studies consider the implications of technology on communication.
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All manner of technology surrounds us. From our personal laptops, tablets, and phones to behind-the-scenes technology that furthers medicine, science, and education. As each new technology enters the scene, it has the potential to improve lives. But, in some cases, it also has the potential to negatively affect physical and emotional health.
All you laptop-using, touchpad-checking, two-thumb-texting, smart phone-listening grown-ups and kids beware: Those devices subtly change your back, eyes, ears and brains. Technology has crept into every corner of our lives, from obsessive texting to checking emails more often than a stockbroker eyeballs the Dow. Most of us absorb three times more information every day compared with 50 years ago, according to University of California researchers.
Technology has the ability to enhance and enrich the lives of older adults by facilitating better interpersonal relationships. However, few studies have directly examined associations between technology use for social reasons and physical and psychological health among older adults. Social technology use was assessed through five technology-based behaviors i.
Do you remember when your parents would scold you for sitting too close to the television? They always warned us that the screens would rot our brains and our eyes would fall out. When cell phones came out, everyone said the radiation from them was damaging our brain cells.
In the fight to stay healthy, technology can give us an edge in our personal and professional lives. We can use our digital devices to improve our diets, track our fitness efforts, or help us with medication compliance. After all, Americans spend nearly 12 hours a day looking at multiple digital screens—and that number keeps going up. A recent Deloitte study found that 60 percent of U.
Parents in rich countries spend a lot more time with their kids today than they did 50 years ago. But phones are increasingly creeping into those interactions, impacting their depth and quality. They need human interaction.