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Technology Use

As a result of extraordinary innovations in the last decade, the integration of technology, particularly communications technology, into people’s daily lives has increased dramatically. Researchers are trying to capture this rapid technology movement as it happens. Previously, the main forms of communications technology were the telephone, radio, TV, video games, and desktop computers, each of which had brought various concerns that parents had to grapple with—for example, children insisting on having their own telephone line or TV in their bedroom. Today, with the advent of faster Internet connection speeds and mobile devices such as the smartphone, families must face a number of new manifestations of technology. For example, it has become increasingly difficult for parents to monitor their children’s activities. Most people now have easy ...

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