Mobile web technology 'helping families communicate'

6 May 2009 — 2:00 PM

Technology could be seen as bridging the generation gap

Families are utilising the latest phones and social networking sites to stay in touch with one another, one expert has claimed.

In response to recent research from O2, a spokesman for the group said modern technology has become an essential part of most households and this includes the use of web-enabled devices.

The study showed 19 per cent of parents were keeping in touch with their closest relatives online and 22 per cent were doing so with extended family members.

Alistair Johnston, marketing director of the network's Telefonica parent company in the UK, said its recent New Digital Families Report showed just how "pervasive" such systems have become in the family set up.

"At O2 we strongly believe that technology has a hugely positive role to play in helping families better manage their hectic lives, but also ultimately in being able to spend more time together," he added.

Handsets that boast fast access to social networking sites include 3 Mobile's INQ1, the Apple iPhone 3G and the BlackBerry Storm.

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