A ideia de que o acesso individual a cada vez mais aparelhos de comunicação potencia a quebra dos laços familiares é posta em causa pelo mais recente estudo do Pew Internet & American Life Project que prefere sugerir, em alternativa, a existência de sinais de um diferente tipo de ‘conectividade’.
Diz-se no texto de apresentação sumária das conclusões:
Although some commentators have expressed fears that technology pulls families apart, this survey finds that couples use their phones to connect and coordinate their lives, especially if they have children at home. American spouses often go their separate ways during the day, but remain connected by cell phones and to some extent by internet communications. When they return home, they often have shared moments of
exploration and entertainment on the internet. This new connectedness via cell phone and screen-sharing is correlated with some benefits for family life.
At the same time, this is a different kind of connectedness from the past because those who have the most technology are more likely to live in dual-income households and also more likely to report that they are working longer hours, in part because of their use of the internet. Those with multiple communication devices are somewhat less likely to eat dinner with other household members and somewhat less likely to report high levels of satisfaction with their family and leisure time than are families with lower levels of technology ownership.