Do Families Need to Power Down to Connect?

What is this?

UBC Okanagan researchers, in collaboration with Project Literacy, Childhood Connections, and the Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership have launched a new research study, “Do Families Need to Power Down to Connect? A Study of Technology, Relationships, and Wellbeing.”

The goal is to identify healthy and unhealthy patterns of technology use in families with young children.

The survey is now closed to respondents. Thank you to all those who participated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of this study?

The main goal is to develop a better understanding of the relationship between different types of technology use and parent, child, and family wellbeing. We hope to identify patterns of both healthy and unhealthy technology use.

What am I being asked to do?

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that will take approximately 20–30 minutes of your time.

Will I be paid?

Those who complete the online questionnaire will receive a $10 gift card or have the option to donate $10 to charity.

Will I get to see the results?

Yes! A summary of the findings will be shared with the participants and with the community.

How will the findings be used?

Findings of this study will inform programs and policies of local non-profit organizations including Project Literacy Kelowna, Childhood Connections, and the local United Way.

Am I eligible to participate?

To be eligible you must be at least 18 years old, the parent of at least one child (aged 2–5), living in the Okanagan, and fluent in English.

What do I do if I have more questions?

If you have more questions email Zak Draper the study coordinator at He will be happy to answer your questions!

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