Web Technology Embraced by Millennials, Despite Adding Stress
One-quarter of Millennials surveyed said being accessible through a mobile device has made their lives more stressful.A large percentage of Americans who use online technology do see its benefits, including doing more in less time, the value of working from anywhere and the sheer excitement of trying new technology, despite the perception that mobile phones and social media are little more than nuisances and are distractions. A survey that explores the views of Internet users ages 13 to 91, which was conducted by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and Bovitz, a design-driven research and strategy firm, found nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents feel they are able to do more in less time with their technology. Forty-five percent said they have more time for their family and friends because technology enables them to do work from anywhere, with 55 percent admitting they would rather work remotely than in the office. Seventy-two percent said they are excited to try new technology. However, these services also exact a personal toll in the form of increased stress, struggles to learn new technology and conflicts in separating careers from personal lives. Sixteen percent said their personal lives have suffered because of technology in their work lives, and one-fifth (20 percent) said they frequently resent having to work at home because of what technology makes possible.
One-quarter of survey respondents said they struggle to figure out new technology, while 31 percent said technology has made it harder to separate their work and personal lives; 26 percent said they are stressed because technology has made them always on call for work.