Does Technology Make Parenting Harder?

Updated: Aug 28

The Pew Research Center (2020) conducted a study that investigated parental concerns and attitudes toward parenting. Among the many survey questions, this blog will focus on two. First, we will explore data gleaned from the question, "Is parenting "harder today," "easier today," or about the same.

Secondly, we will examine why respondents chose "harder today," easier today," or about the same. Blog readers will be asked to complete and submit a survey mirroring these two Pew Research Center questions (Pew Research Center, 2020).

Sixty-Six percent of respondents believed it is more challenging to raise kids today than 20 years ago. Among the "Harder Today" group, three-quarters cited technology, social media, and other problems associated with electronic devices as a primary cause.

As a child and adolescent counselor, I have found behaviors associated with the misuse of electronic devices a frequent concern of parents. Parental concerns about electronics are varied. However, typical complaints are related to exposure to inappropriate content, too much screen time, downloading forbidden apps, bullying, communicating with strangers, etc.

I am curious whether our PCCC clients and website subscribers believe parenting is harder today than 20 years ago and if technology is a primary cause.

If you would be so kind, please complete the survey below. Omit any item that does not apply to you and your child. Also, feel free to skip any question that you do not want to answer.

Any information you provide is confidential.

Thank you,



Pew Research Center. (2020, July 28). Parenting Children in the Age of Screens. Retrieved August 15, 2021, from Pew Research Center:

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