In our recently published report, Information Dividend: Why IT makes you ‘happier’, we have discovered an important link between the social role of IT and life satisfaction.
Our analysis – conducted at both national and international levels – reveals that IT has a direct positive impact on happiness and well-being, particularly through improving one’s satisfaction with their social lives, which was especially important for women.
The study demonstrated that the biggest increase in well-being was associated with being newly connected to the internet. New users of the internet are most interested in and derive most benefit from the ‘social’ uses of the internet, such as social networking and instant messaging.
More experienced users value email and online shopping most highly, yet instant messaging was equally Read More