Networked Families

  • October 19, 2008
  • By Tracy L.M. Kennedy, Aaron Smith, Amy Tracy Wells, and Barry Wellman

The Internet and cell phones have become central components of modern family life. Among all household types, the traditional nuclear family has the highest rate of technology usage and ownership.

A national survey has found that households with a married couple and minor children are more likely than other household types—such as single adults, homes with unrelated adults, or couples without children to have cell phones and use the Internet.

The survey shows that these high rates of technology ownership affect family life. In particular, cell phones allow family members to stay more regularly in touch even when they are not physically together. Moreover, many members of married-with-children households view material online together.

Read the full report Networked Families on the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.