Jim Shelley and Peter Stanford discuss the new Ofcom survey claiming that modern gadgetry is once again bringing families together round the TV
The survey has "revealed" that families across the land are gathering in the living room again, united by their love of watching television while occupying themselves with their smartphones/tablets/laptops. I love this kind of supposition. It make all our lives richer – literally so in our case.
Obviously, it sounds ridiculous. Two years ago iPads and iPhones were the ruination of family life, causing mass juvenile alienation.
But such claims always need some (surprise) foundation. The new technology means fewer and fewer children want (or receive) a TV in their bedroom. SkyPlus and iPlayer are all very well but some things have to be experienced live. Come Saturday night, everyone really does gravitate into the living room to watch "event television", if only to tweet or text their friends about it. Like it or not, The X Factor really is the superglue holding family life together.