Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans think that today’s society is too dependent upon electronic gadgets, and 39% do not think technology (such as mobile phones, Wi-Fi networks and GPS) really makes people more productive, according to (pdf) a recent Harris Poll from Harris Interactive.
Surprisingly, the study found no significant age divide among those who believe Americans are too reliant on technology or those who say technology increases productivity. Fully 58% of Echo Boomers (ages 18-32) say mobile technology does not make Americans more productive while almost three-quarters (72%) of them believe that society is too dependent of electronics and electronic gadgets.
The Baby Boomer (ages 45-63) segment of the population is least likely to agree that society is too dependent on gadgets, while the Echo Boomers are most likely to use all of the features and functions on their technology devices, Harris said.
Technology Key to Recovery
Despite some skepticism about technology’s role in personal productivity, the survey did find that a majority of US consumers believe that advanced technology will nonetheless play a key role in recovery from the economic recession and in driving continued prosperity in the future.
Survey findings with regard to advanced technology:
Practical High-Tech Applications
The survey also inquired about advanced wireless, mobile device applications that are just entering the marketplace or will be introduced in the near future. It found the following:
About the survey: The Harris Poll of 2,355 US adults was conducted online from March 9 – 16, 2009 by Harris Interactive.
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