How Does the Use of ICTs Affect Family Relationships? A Quantitative Approach

  •  Alejandro Valencia-Arias    
  •  Carolina Herazo Avendano    
  •  Laura Echeverri Sanchez    
  •  Juan Manuel Peña Plata    
  •  Stephanía Vasquez Giraldo    
  •  Milady Aguilera Cardona    
  •  Karin Romero Ruíz    
  •  Lucia Palacios Moya    
  •  Eliana Villa    
  •  Lemy Bran Piedrahita    


Modern societies are increasingly globalized, where information and communication technologies (ICTs) play a fundamental role in every aspect of daily life: from the social, family, labor, among others. Every day more people who without distinguishing age and gender are seen in the need and desire to have at least one technological device. Objective: To examine the impact of using ICTs in the family relations of the residents of Medellín city. Methodology: exploratory-descriptive research through a quantitative methodological design, a non-probabilistic sampling by criterion was made, where 77 people were selected. Data were collected through a questionnaire type survey with closed questions in a virtual way during 3 Months. Results: among the results, 73.4% of responders suggest that there is no adequate supervision of adults to guide children and adolescents to establish a critical position on these contents. On the other hand, the most valued resources are the mobile device and computer for the possibilities of communication between relatives that are far way and for being means to improve the educational and labor processes. Conclusion: studies around ICTs and their impacts have grown significantly, which it ratifies the importance of the topic. It is imperative that parents stop seeing ICTs as a distant entity, and try to be at the forefront of the uses of the same by children, to generate effective control in the training processes within the family.

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