Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Lisa Moyer

Thesis Committee Member

Katherine A. Shaw


The purpose of the current study was to examine how Internet technology is used by the Millennial Generation and how it impacts family interaction. A questionnaire developed by the author was posted online and the final sample consisted of 92 participants, 13 men and 79 women. The average age of the participants was 27.97 (SD = 4.46). Findings showed that that the Millennial Generation used the Internet multiple times a day and for many reasons which were sorted into six distinct themes: 1) research/information seeking, 2) work, 3) social media/communication (besides email), 4) academics, 5) email, and 6) personal/entertainment. In addition, the results implied that overall, the participants perceived that the use of Internet technology has a positive effect on family interactions and communications.