The advancement of technology has meant that nearly every aspect of our lives is accessible at our very fingertips, changing everything from how we connect with each other to how we live our day-to-day lives. The role of tech in parenting, family and relationships continually evolves but how exactly are we using tech in our family life and, more so, how are we feeling about the use of tech in our lives?
The Real Insurance Parents and Technology Survey is the tenth instalment in a series of national studies to investigate the shifting values and concerns affecting Australian families. This chapter provides particular insight into how Australian parents view technology, the impact it has on both them and their children and what effect it is having on ‘traditional’ family time.
There’s no denying that kids get a bad rap for spending too much time on their phones; however, are they the only ones guilty of a little too much screen time? According to the results of this survey, almost two thirds of Aussie parents (61.9%) admit that they’re addicted to their phones. On average, parents are spending 23 minutes on the phone before falling asleep, and 10 minutes before getting out of bed of a morning.
With all this screen time, three in five (59.7%) parents have said that they do sometimes feel guilty that this may have an effect on family time, with a further 66.8 per cent saying the time that could be spent with their children is being robbed by their use of technology.