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Let’s Get Together

Is modern technology the downfall of humanity? When a Snapchat streak is more important than a face-to-face meeting and we end up stranded without Uber and hungry without Deliveroo, it would seem to be the case. When moving home, how many of us are guilty of checking its broadband connection before its water supply?

It can sometimes feel like tech is taking over our lives; eradicating our ability to form relationships. But things haven't gotten as bad as we'd thought. When it comes to family, tech is bringing us together, not driving us apart. Don't believe us?

Give us five minutes to change your mind.

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MYTH: “4 in 10 families say devices mean they don't talk enough as a family.”

Over two thirds of Brits take videos or pictures with family without uploading to social.

Half of all Brits text or message family when under the same roof.

7 in 10 Londoners say apps have made their family lives easier.

Family Conversations

MYTH: “4 in 10 families say devices mean they don't talk enough as a family.”

If the headlines are to be believed, we've all got a broadband-powered blockade cutting us off from family time.

On the contrary.

2 in 5 of us say that the internet has given us more to talk about during family get-togethers and brought us closer together.

So next time you unpocket your phone to talk your second cousin through the intricacies of your latest Instagram post, know that you're strengthening your relationship in the process.

While we're on the subject of social media – that unrelenting cauldron of FOMO – it looks like most people abstain when with family:

20.8 million Brits say they never check social media at family get-togethers, and of those that do, over 87% say it's only occasionally!

If we are on social, it's probably just face-swapping Dad with the family dog.

MYTH: “77% of older people would need someone to help walk them through the process of setting up a new device.”

More than half of Britain say the internet allows younger generations to teach older generations.

Almost 4.5 million Brits aged 55+ say they check social media during family time.

1 in 4 adults aged 55+ say apps have made their family's lives much easier.

SENIORS VS TECHNOLOGY

MYTH: “77% of older people would need someone to help walk them through the process of setting up a new device.”

“Look, Grandad, get with the picture,” you say. Don't be surprised if he whips out a smartphone and opens Snapchat on your bemused face.

The older generation aren't as clueless about technology as we might think. In fact, it's helping them keep in touch with their nearest and dearest (via email, mostly).

So, if you've not yet set up a WhatsApp group with your siblings, your parents, your grandparents — heck, even your great-grandparents — what are you waiting for? Grandad's on-point gifs await.

Fortunately, the doomsday headlines haven't fooled most of us. 3 in 5 of us agree that the older generation is more tech-savvy than you might expect.

The next time Grandma asks you for help setting up split-screen on her tablet, embrace it! You might discover she's got more going on in that slender block of aluminium than you thought.

MYTH: “On average 11.4 million tech devices such as smartphones and tablets to laptops and iPods are brought to family meal.”

Over half of all Brits say they abstain from tech in some way when spending time with family.

Over half of Britain aren't convinced that the internet makes people retreat into a digital world.

People in London and the North East are most likely to say their family relationships will suffer without internet.

Dining with technology

MYTH: “On average 11.4 million tech devices such as smartphones and tablets to laptops and iPods are brought to family meal.”

Apparently modern family dinner time means a fork in one hand and a smartphone in the other…

We beg to differ.

In reality, 86% of Brits say they'd be happy to spend time with family without a second glance at tech, with 56% of them describing going tech-free with family as “a piece of cake”. Sounds delicious.

That isn't to say there isn't the odd straggler though:

6% of 55-64-year olds and 5% of 18-24-year olds say they couldn't manage to get through a family get-together without technology, but they can do so with their friends.

As you side-eye the youngest in your family for becoming absorbed in Netflix during family time, you might be missing the fact that the oldest in your family is doing the exact same thing.

MYTH: “Nearly a third of 16-24-year olds report feeling lonely all or some of the time because of tech.”

1 in 4 Brits say video chat apps allow them to keep in touch with family more than before.

For 45 million Brits, shopping is their top activity to do regularly online.

People in Wales are the most enthusiastic about spending time with family without tech.

People in East Anglia are the most averse to spending time with family without tech.

TECH VS FAMILY TIME

MYTH: “Nearly a third of 16-24-year olds report feeling lonely all or some of the time because of tech.”

Think tech is ruining our social lives?

Think again.

19 million Brits say the internet, apps and tech haven't negatively affected their family life.

And those young people we worry so much about? 36% of 18-24-year olds happily state that the internet has brought their family closer together.

In fact, only a mere 3% of Brits are willing to say they'd rather lose a leg or flee the country than spend time with family. That spirit of togetherness we thought we'd lost? It's alive and kicking!

So, channel all that worrying energy to finally beat your wily brother at charades instead, or to show your cousins who's boss on FIFA 19.