February 21, 2006

Families Drawn Together By Communication Revolution

Today is nothing special – just a typical day. So, will you be getting in touch with mom or dad?

For a growing numbers of adult Americans, the answer is yes. More than four in ten (42%) either see or talk to a parent (usually, it’s mom) every day, according to a Pew Research Center survey released today that looks at the nature of family ties and the frequency of family contact. In 1989, a Gallup survey found that just 32% of adults maintained such daily communication with a parent.

This increase in regular daily contact is one of many findings in the Pew survey that highlight the strength and resilience of family bonds in the face of sweeping changes over the past several decades in family structures and living arrangements.

The Pew survey finds that in an era of declining cost and growing ease of phone communication:

The Pew telephone survey of a nationally representative, randomly selected sample of 3,014 adults was conducted from Oct. 5 through Nov. 6, 2005.

Read the full report for more details.