Technology often gets slammed for its allegedly intrusive and damaging effect on our lives, but a new study suggests what many a gadget freak already knows: owning useful technology really can make you happier.
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BBC News reports on a study by BCS which surveyed 35,000 people around the world and found that access to technologies — particularly communications devices such as mobile phones — was clearly linked to increased levels of happiness. And with geekdom often seen as a white male phenomenon, the study’s findings in that area are something of a surprise:
It found that women in developing countries, and people of both sexes with low incomes or poor education, were most influenced emotionally by their access to technology.
That’s not to say technology on its own is going to make you happy, but you shouldn’t automatically assume that it doesn’t. It’s easy to focus on the potential negative impacts of owning a smart phone and forget how mind-bogglingly useful it is. For more happiness-enhancing strategies, check out why you should examine what went right as well as what went wrong.
Technology linked to happiness, study claims [BBC News]