12/18: Technology’s Impact on Relationships

December 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Life, Featured, Science & Tech, Tech Box

While cell phones, the Internet, mobile devices and other high-tech gadgets have made it possible to reach out to people in new and exciting ways, the majority of U.S. residents say technology makes no difference in their personal relationships.  56% of people nationally say technology neither worsens nor improves their personal ties.

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However,  38% say it makes their personal relationships better while 6% say it makes them worse.  Here, there has been a slight change since Marist’s previous poll.  In June, 30% reported that technology improves their personal relationships.

As one might expect, age plays a role when it comes to this subject.  Younger people are more likely to say technology makes an impact – and a positive one at that.  Among U.S. residents under 45 years old, 47% say technology improves their relationships, 7% think it hurts them, and 46% believe it makes no difference.  Among residents 45 and older, 33% say technology improves their relationships, 5% report it makes them worse, and 63% say it has no impact.

Table: Technology/Personal Relationships

Technology and Jobs

While results are mixed when it comes to technology and social life, residents are overwhelmingly grateful for their computers, mobile devices and other gadgets in the workplace.  82% of employed U.S. residents say technology makes their jobs at work better, 1% report it makes their jobs worse, and 17% don’t think it makes a difference.  Compared with Marist’s June survey on the subject, more Americans believe technology makes their work life better.

Table: Technology/Job at Work

Marist Poll Methodology

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5 Responses to “12/18: Technology’s Impact on Relationships”

  1. Aaron Pearson on January 7th, 2010 5:24 pm

    I think technology has certainly helped younger peoples relationships. Being able to send a text or an email from my phone to my girlfriend helps communication in a big way. No need to initiate a 5 minute phone call, 30 seconds will do. But, my boss can text me at night and then I have to log in to the office computer and fix something, and she does not like that.

  2. Seo Outsourcing on March 12th, 2010 4:27 am

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  3. lois on September 20th, 2010 2:13 am

    I guess having this technology now helped many relationships a lot. One of which is the most important aspect on every relationship and that is the communication.

  4. andy eaton on November 8th, 2010 11:13 am

    I would say that technology has helped in communication as it now brings people together from all over the world. we would be lost without it now.

  5. Michalah on March 31st, 2011 9:54 am

    I think technology has helped bring people together. It has done what we made it to do. But I think we rely on it too much, and too much of a great thing is bad. Like txt talk and misspelling…they unteach english, and some times we say things over texts and computers we don’t mean because we can’t put emotion behind our words if it’s not face to face. It also makes face to face conversation difficult because we’re so out of practice.

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