Techies not welcome

71% of Canadian parents wish they could ban the use of technology during family holiday meals.

By now, most people Will be trying to Work off all those holiday excesses. But for already-rattled Canadian parents, excess can also come in the form of a little mobile device. In a survey released by Foresters insurance company in December, 71% of Canadian parents aged 25 to 55 wished they could ban the use of technology during family holiday meals.

The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive, was part of a Foresters initiative that encourages families to think about their reliance on technology. “The survey results reinforce our belief that our dependence on technology can lead to a sense of social isolation within families,” says Kasia Czarski, senior vice-president and chief membership and marketing officer at the company. “The holidays naturally bring people together so they're an ideal time to remind families to put down their devices and spend some time together tech-free.”