The modern version of the family hearth, for decades acknowedged by most to be the television, has been replaced in the 21st century by the PC and tablet. This according to a Microsoft “Family Technology Survey,” which asked parents which technology devices they used most to connect with family members. The survey found that 43% said a computer or tablet drew family members together. Only 21% said they gather around the TV for quality family time, while the up-and-coming smartphone registerd a third place finish, with 16%. The actual hearth garnered no votes. More tellingly, parents of kids of all age groups chose the PC over the TV by a wide margin, with the PC becoming more popular as children get older.
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