A new Microsoft commissioned survey conducted by Impulse Research, found that 64 percent of U.S. parents aged 22 to 40 who were surveyed report that technology helps bring their family closer together. Relying on technology to stay connected is even more apparent among younger parents (aged 22 to 30), with 74% reporting the same.
"The survey was conducted online with a random sample of 1,008 parents aged 22 to 40, all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The panel closely matches U.S. population demographics, and the respondents are representative of American parents aged 22 to 40. Research was conducted in October 2011. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence."
"PCs have gone from productivity machines, hidden in the home office, to entertainment centers that help create family moments, with most parents (43%) saying a PC or tablet is the main technology device they use at home with their family.
"More than half, or 51%, of parents say their children are helping them be technologically savvy in finding ways to stay connected as a family," revealed Microsoft.
In the video below, Executive chef and mother Alex Guarnaschelli talks about the way Microsoft Office OneNote helps her stay organized everywhere she goes:
Guarnaschelli share how she uses Microsoft technology to help her during the holidays and connect with her friends and family:
- Use a smartphone, such as the Windows Phone, to remember your appointments, tasks and holiday to-do items.
- Utilize the Bing Shopping guides to shop handpicked gift ideas for everyone on your list, deck the halls with festive decorations and get fashion advice on what to wear for a holiday party.
- Keep track of favorite holiday recipes through online notebooks such as Microsoft OneNote, a handy resource that comes with Office 2010 and can be used for organization, as well as meal planning and keeping track of ingredients.
- Get active as a family. Combat constant indulging and stay active during the season by adding active entertainment to family holiday traditions. With Kinect for Xbox 360, you can stay active without worrying about what the weather outside holds.