A global study from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, shows that access to information technology has a 'statistically significant, positive impact on life satisfaction'.
Additionally, the report showed women, those on low incomes and few educational qualifications benefit most from access to IT. Not only do women gain more than men from access to, and use, of technology, they also achieve greater increased life satisfaction from using it. For disadvantaged women without access therefore the impact of digital exclusion could be the hardest.
Research involved a number of different elements brought together for the first time in this report. The first phase of research involved the analysis of large global social research data sets to establish whether there was a link between IT access and usage and life satisfaction.
This global analysis was followed up by in-depth research into how IT access and usage influences life satisfaction in the UK. Our research in the UK included a unique analysis of data from the British Household Panel Survey plus original primary qualitative and quantitative research programmes.
Elizabeth Sparrow, President, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT said: "Too often conventional wisdom assumes IT has a negative impact on life satisfaction, but the research has found the opposite to be true. IT has a direct positive impact on life satisfaction, even when controlling for income and other factors known to be important in determining well-being."