According to a new survey the smartphone generation is concerned about the dehumanising effects of technology

Smartphone generation fears technology is dehumanising

A majority of young people believes advanced technology makes their lives easier, but they are concerned it makes people less human.

In a recent survey examining global attitudes to technology, commissioned by Intel Corporation, researchers have surveyed about 12,000 individuals aged 18 years and more.

The data, gathered this summer in Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the USA, has revealed that the so-called millennials, those who grew up using smartphones and iPads, may eventually end up rejecting the technology.

Surprisingly, the Japanese and to a certain extent also Italians held the most negative attitudes toward technology.

Nearly 90 per cent of young adults questioned in the poll admitted innovations in technology make life easier, however, about 60 per cent said people rely on it too much and that it can be dehumanising. Seventy per cent said technology enhances their personal relationships and about 35 per cent believe it will have a good impact on education, transportation and healthcare.

Some of the 18- to 24-year-olds also claimed they would like technology to be more personal and know their habits.

Those living in developing countries, as well as older women, have come out on average as the most enthusiastic about the role technology can play in their lives.

For example in China, more than 70 per cent of surveyed women said technology is not used enough.

"Women historically have become avid users of technology when that technology solves a problem, helps us organise our live and that of our families, as well as aids us in saving time and time shifting," said Dr Genevieve Bell, an anthropologist and research director at Intel Labs, who has led the research.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 0.89 percentage points.

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