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Millennials and Tech Not Always Good Mates

By April 26, 2016 No Comments

Could smartphones too much of a good thing? Millennials say maybe. A Bank of America mobile trend study reported by CBS News shows nine out of 10 Millennials (age 18 to 24) check their phones at least one an hour, if not constantly. Millennials are more likely than any other age group to sleep with their phones next to them in bed, and nearly 80 percent admit to using their phones in the bathroom. Yet the study shows Millennials are not particularly happy about how much time they spend on their phones; more than half of respondents actually think they would be happier if they used their phones less.

In general Millennials feel dubious about the impact of technology, both in their personal and professional lives. While 88 percent of Millennials say technology has brought them closer to friends and relatives who live far away, fewer than half think new technology will allow them to maintain deeper relationships in the future; 77 percent believe in 10 years, relationships will be less authentic because of reliance on digital communication. While 90 percent of Millennials believe over the next decade the Internet will provide them with more access to jobs they are suited for, 83 percent worry that if they fail to keep up with new technologies they will be less employable (compared with 77 percent of adults across all age groups).