Today's families are much more likely than any other household types to have cellphones and use the Internet, according to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The phone survey of 2,252 adults, between Dec. of 2007 and Jan. of 2008, also shows that families use those technologies to stay in touch with each other throughout the day. The study also found:
- About 89 percent of married (or partnered) parents with children own multiple cellphones.
- Sixty-six percent have high-speed broadband Internet connections in their homes (compared with a national average of 52 percent).
- Seventy percent of couples in which both partners have cellphones contact each other daily just to say hello, 64 percent contact each other to coordinate schedules, and 42 percent of parents contact their children daily using a cellphone.
Do you think smartphones and the Internet keep your family closer?