Interplay Between Families and Technology: Future Investigations

  • Xiaoran Sun
  • Cassie McMillanEmail author
Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI, volume 9)


Technology has become increasingly pervasive in American society, leading researchers, journalists, parents, teachers, and popular culture alike to question how technology is shaping our daily lives. The influx of technology raises a variety of new issues, many of which are specifically of interest to family scholars. It remains unclear whether technology is changing the way we form, maintain, and understand families—and the conditions under which these changes are for better or worse. In this concluding chapter, we bring attention to three themes that resonate throughout the volume: (1) how technology has shaped power dynamics in families, (2) the role technology has played in redefining and adjusting boundaries between family members and around the family, and (3) the relation between technology, family, and inequality. We conclude with suggestions for future research on family and technology by pointing to the need to integrate more theory and novel methods.


Elder’s linked lives Technology family power dynamics Technology family inequality Technology family scholars Technology family research Technology family theory Technology changing families Technology family boundaries Parent-child power structures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesPenn StateUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and CriminologyPenn StateUniversity ParkUSA

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