Information Technology Makes People Happier

New research conducted by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, shows that the use on IT is directly related to happiness - and women benefit more than men.

The BBC reports that the research was conducted by interviewing 35,000 people from around the world.

It showed that women in developing countries and people on low incomes or with poor education tend to be much more emotionally influenced by the technology in their lives.

The research suggests that this is partly because of the central role women play in the family and other social networks.

Paul Flatters from the Trajectory Partnership, the company that conducted the survey on behalf of BCS, told the BBC: “A lot of things that are written about IT are negative. But we were puzzled by the fact that people are attached to their IT as well - how do you square that circle?”

Not everyone is impressed by the findings, though: Yair Amichai-Hamburger, a researcher at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications in Israel, said he believed technology had an increasingly negative impact on people as they become more and more dependent upon it.