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Effects of communication technology on relationships in France 2014

According to an Ipsos study from 2014, 75 percent of French interviewed declared thinking that technology made it easier to get in touch with family members. In addition to this, more than two thirds of the respondents considered that technology allowed a constant dialogue with family and friends. On the other hand, almost 30 percent of them also mentioned that technology led to less face-to-face interactions among families. The main uses on the Internet for social relationship purposes among French aged 16 to 24 years old were sending and receiving messages, as well as communicate on social media or professional networks.

Social activities with family and friends via new technologies

Thanks to the immediate communication enabled by new information and communication technologies, interactions with friends and family find themselves also changed. For instance, sharing holiday pictures or videos appear to become a common practice among French: 44 percent of respondents stated in 2017 sharing such content with their family and friends during their vacation when living or seeing something special. On another level, more than 80 percent of surveyed teenagers in France considered that having a smartphone was essential for maintaining a friendly life.  

Romantic relationships through the Internet

As of 2019, more than half of French surveyed on romantic relationships declared thinking is was probable to meet one’s soulmate through a dating site or app. Furthermore, online practices seem to not only be used for encountering a partner: more than two thirds of French living in a relationship stated to communicate with their life partner on social networks once to three times a day (message or tag).

Extent of the impact of technology on relationships with family and friends in France 2014

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Sources

In cooperation with
Ipsos
Release date

July 2014

Region

France

Survey time period

April 14 to 28, 2014

Number of respondents

1,000 respondents

Age group

18-65 years

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

Original survey question: "Thinking about the effects of technology on relationships with friends and family, please indicate to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?"
* Percentage indicates respondents who strongly or tend to agree with each statement.

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