Study by Lenovo reveals impact of tech on human values

22nd October 2019, von in Industry News
  • Over a third (38%) believe current technology is making people more open-minded and tolerant by allowing us to see the lives of people across the world
  • 35% think technology is making us more understanding whilst 32% believe it makes us more charitable
  • 66% of people believe Virtual Reality (VR) has the potential to increase understanding of other cultures even more

Research by Lenovo has found that many people believe technology can make us more understanding, tolerant, charitable and open-minded. The survey polled more than 15,000 people from the US, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy. Nine out of ten respondents (89%) think that technology plays a large role in their day-to-day lives, while 84% said that technology improves their lives.

Technology is also having a strong impact on our values. For example, 38% of respondents believe smart devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones and VR are making people more open-minded and tolerant. Over a third (35%) believe technology is making us more understanding and empathetic. And 70% believe technology makes us more ‘curious’.

The study also found that 32% of people feel technology makes us more charitable. We can share stories, appeal for help and make donations online.
Emerging technologies could have an even more significant impact on our values in the future. Two-thirds (66%) say that VR has the potential to cultivate empathy and understanding, and help people be more emotionally connected with people across the globe by allowing them to see the world through their eyes.

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