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Survey: Most Americans find technology use during holidays annoying

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For many families, the holidays will be spent with the ones they love but data from a study that looked at the impact of technology on Americans’ lives suggests digital devices are impacting quality family time together.

More than half (52%) of adults from the U.S. and Canada indicated that family members’ use of electronic devices during the holidays is somewhat, very, or extremely annoying.

Of these adults, most (63%) would like to ban the use of technology during family holiday meals and almost half (45%) would like to ban the use of technology during the holidays entirely.

“The holidays reminds us to stop and take the time to appreciate the important things in life,” said Tony Garcia, president and CEO, Foresters. “Statistics like these demonstrate the benefits to family well-being that can be realized by taking a break from technology. Putting digital devices away is a meaningful gesture of gratitude family members will appreciate and can help make this holiday season one families can truly celebrate.”

This is according to the Tech Timeout™ survey conducted online by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Foresters™.

Methodology

This Tech Timeout survey was conducted online within the United States and Canada by Harris Interactive on behalf of Foresters between October 10-22, 2013 among 1,507 residents of the United States and 1,021 residents of Canada, aged 25-55 years who live with at least one family member. Of these respondents, 693 in the U.S. and 492 in Canada are parents of children under age 18. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Susan Perkins at sperkins@bvk.com.

About Foresters

For 140 years, Foresters™, an international financial services provider, has fulfilled its purpose to enhance family well-being for its members and the communities where they live.   A fraternal benefit society, Foresters offers quality life insurance and investment products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with more than one million members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit foresters.com, facebook.com/foresters and techtimeout.com.

Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.

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About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for The Harris Poll®, Harris offers proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research across a wide range of industries. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing a client’s research investment. Serving clients worldwide through our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help our clients stay ahead of what’s next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.