Bookmarked TV is still a main player in the family home (Alannah and Madeline Foundation)

Despite the advent of all manner of phones, computers and smart devices, television still holds a significant place in the family home. Across all the responses, the presence of TV in family life was obvious, whether that was shared family viewing, parents checking in with their latest binge watch at the end of the day or as a central household screen upon which all manner of activities were screencast or tapped into by members of the household.

As a part of The Digital Home project, the Alannah and Madeline Foundation discuss the place of the television and how it is often separated from conversations around screen time:

Television, it seems, does not cause the same levels of conflict, guilt or stress in families that more recent devices do.

Television, of course, benefits from a long-standing, non-threatening place in the family home for generations, bringing with it a non-threatening familiarity that is not as apparent in newer devices.

One change has been around screencasting and the ability to share tutorials or presentations with a wider audience.

With little difference technologically between a tablet and a smart device, this is an interesting point in regards research into screen time, especially during such disrupted times.

Bookmarked The micro-interactions, touchpoints and connections of the digital home by an author (Alannah and Madeline Foundation)

This Digital Home demonstrates that families use technology to support frequent micro-interactions that we are calling β€˜touchpoints’. The frequency and immediacy of these digital connections strengthen relationships and family bond.

As a part of The Digital Home project, Dan Donahoo unpacks the way in which technology has changed our means of communication making micro-interactions more doable.