15. Family Imbalance and Adjustment to Information and Communication Technologies (Gustavo S. Mesch / Michal Frenkel)
Family Imbalance and Adjustment to Information and Communication Technologies
Gustavo S. Mesch
In the last 10 years there has been an increase in academic and research interest on the effects of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on families with children and adolescents. This interest, focused on a specific stage in the family life cycle, arises from two parallel and associated processes. The first is the rapid increase in household adoption of these technologies. Out of all types of families, the percentage of those with children and adolescents having access to the Internet is the highest (Lenhart, Madden, Rankin, & Smith, 2007). So out of all the age groups in the population, adolescents have the highest rate of Internet access and use. The second process is the potential effects of Information and communication technologies on family patterns such as family communication, boundaries, time, and conflicts, all of which may have important consequences for adolescents’ developmental processes (Livingstone, 2007; Mesch, 2006).
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