Digital Technology and Families

Authored by: Nancy A. Jennings , Ellen A. Wartella

The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415881982
eBook ISBN: 9780203848166
Adobe ISBN: 9781136946370


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Over the years, many of the triumphs and struggles of families have remained the same. Generation after generation, babies are still attached to their mothers, and teens still yearn for their independence. While some things remain the same, changes in society place new constraints on the family process. Within the past three decades, we have seen an incredibly rapid growth in digital technologies in forms of mechanical advances in computers and cell phones and in the development of mechanisms for communication through social networking and entertainment through smartphone Apps. Although we are learning more about what role these digital technologies have in the lives of children and adults, we also must learn how these technologies are affecting family relationships and family life.

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