28 percent of Americans it interviewed last year said they have been spending less time with members of their households. That’s nearly triple the 11 percent who said that in 2006 . . .
[W]hen the center began its annual surveys on Americans and the Internet, only 11 percent of respondents said that family members under 18 were spending too much time online. By 2008, that grew to 28 percent.
In the first half of the decade, people reported spending an average of 26 hours per month with their families. By 2008, however, that shared time had dropped by more than 30 percent, to about 18 hours.
It’s interesting that (in the reporting on the report) TV is now a medium viewed as family friendly compared to the Internet, which is impliedly isolating and destructive of the family.
While there’s all kinds of nasty stuff online that kids can find, I’d rather have my daughter engaged in some semi-constructive Internet site than passively sitting absorbing marketing messages from advertisers on commercial TV.
Has the Internet impacted your life and family in a negative way or positively?