Many Americans Feel Overwhelmed by Technology

By Dennis McCafferty
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    71% of survey respondents believe tech has improved the overall quality of their lives, down from 78% in 2012.

You and your IT colleagues are obviously immersed in all things tech, but the following findings from a recent Harris Poll serve as a cautionary note: While a sizable majority of Americans surveyed feel that technology has improved their lives, many of them admitted to feeling some tech burnout. There's a subtle—and sometimes not so subtle—sense of pushback due to the sheer dominance of technology in virtually every facet of our existence. Though many research participants view IT solutions and services as a bridge to increased productivity and a better social life, these sentiments are clearly on the decline. And fewer people now view computers as a suitable escape from the growing demands in their daily lives. The Harris Poll also broke down results according to generational differences, and we've included highlights that focus on Baby Boomers and "Echo Boomers" (more commonly called Millennials or Gen Y). You may be surprised to find out which of the two groups has more negative impressions of information technology. More than 2,200 U.S. adults took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2013-09-10
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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