Since the 1980s, researchers have been studying the phenomenon associated with technology being diffused to the household. In this paper, three themes in that stream of research, specifically adoption, use, and impacts, are explored. Key studies from prior research within each theme are discussed and directions for future research are offered. The directions for future research range from investigating adoption issues associated with the digital divide to understanding the impacts of new technology and social networking sites on individuals and families. The evolving nature of the technology continues to offer interesting research directions and challenges, with the study of unintended consequences of technology use presenting, perhaps, the greatest opportunities.
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