13 May Happiness is…access to technology
There are positive links between access to technology and feelings of well-being, a study claims.
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, analysed the results of a survey of 35,000 people around the world.
Access to communication devices was found to be the most valued.
It found that women in developing countries, and people of both sexes with low incomes or poor education, were most influenced emotionally by their access to technology.
It is partly because women tend to have a more central role in family and other social networks, said researcher Paul Flatters of Trajectory Partnership, which conducted the research on behalf of the BCS.
“Our hypothesis is that women in developing countries benefit more because they are more socially constrained in society,” he added.
“The next phase of our research is to test that.”
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