London: Access to Internet and communication devices can increase people’s sense of satisfaction and well being – especially amongst women, says a new study.
The survey of 35,000 people, carried out by BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT around the world, found that access to information technology had an "enabling and empowering role", which lead to greater "life satisfaction".
"IT appears to empower the disempowered," read the report. "In fact, much of the improvement in life satisfaction that arises from information technology flows to those who are less well-placed in society. Those on lower incomes or with fewer educational qualifications appear to benefit more from access to IT than those on higher incomes or with higher educational backgrounds. This appears to be the case across the globe.
"The research indicates this relationship, but not the mechanism; this is an area for further study."
Women, being the social hub of communications in their families, societies and work, are even more benefited due to IT. Those on lower incomes also gained from IT access.
"Anything that increases the sense of personal control in our lives, such as IT, will reduce anxiety and stress and keep us mentally well," The Telegraph quoted Donna Dawson, a psychologist, as saying.
"Through giving us choices, allowing is access to information, and putting us in touch with others, IT can increase feelings of security, personal freedom and power, which together give us greater life satisfaction.”