Essential Report

Developments in technology

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Do you think developments in technology – that is, the increase in online, smartphones and social media – have been good or bad for the following?

  Total good Total bad   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
Accessing cultural products (music, video etc) 76% 4%   28% 48% 17% 3% 1% 3%
Purchasing consumer goods 75% 3%   31% 44% 19% 2% 1% 2%
The news media 67% 10%   23% 44% 20% 7% 3% 3%
Quality of education 52% 21%   13% 39% 235 15% 6% 4%
Maintaining relationships 40% 29%   7% 33% 26% 20% 9% 3%
Public safety (e.g. road safety) 34% 31%   9% 25% 30% 17% 14% 4%
Parenting and child safety 33% 30%   8% 25% 31% 22% 8% 5%

76% think that new developments in technology have been good for accessing cultural products, 75% think they have been good for purchasing consumer gods and 67% good for news media.

They were less certain they had been good for public safety (34%) and parenting and child safety (33%).

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