Guys aren't the only people that can be classified as techies anymore. It looks like technology makes the women happy, too!
Got to love the folks from the UK. One of their research groups, The Chartered Institute for IT, analyzed 35,000 responses from the World Values Survey to make the point that IT, in general, actually makes people happier across the entire globe.
The authors indicated that things like cell phones, computers and broadband open one's "sense of freedom" and allow people to feel more in control of their life, which then promotes the feeling satisfaction in life. They went on to say that it even helps during times of financial turmoil and challenge.
This goes along with the studies that have showed that IT helps the most with people who have it the least.
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.
What is the fun part about all of this, you ask? Turns out this tech-happy feeling is more prevalent in women than in men. Awesome.
One possible reason is the role played by IT in modern day communications... Therefore, we wonder whether the finding reflects the social networking role of women around the world. This result is particularly true for women in developing nations. Why this is so is not clear. But one reason might be that in many parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East women have socially controlled roles which may lead to a lower sense of freedom and autonomy and hence well-being.
The study also showed that the universal broadband propositions can bridge the digital gap, proving that the world could be happy with simple Internet and a phone that just makes calls. Dan Hesse doesn't agree with the latter.