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For Mother's Day, Flowers and a Video Chat

Increasingly, American moms are using technology such as voice and video calls to share quality time with their loved ones when they apart. . / Credit: Video chat image via Shutterstock

Though more than half of American moms won’t be spending this Mother’s Day with their families in person, they won’t be alone, a new survey reports. Increasingly, American moms are using technology such as voice and video calls to share quality time with their loved ones when they are apart.

An overwhelming majority of moms (80 percent) now use technology to bridge the gap with their families when they can't be physically together, according to a survey of 1,308 mothers conducted by Mom Central Consulting. The respondents said that technology makes their lives easier (93 percent) and brings them close to their family members (77 percent).

They said they use technology to connect with family members anytime and anywhere (92 percent) and to share a moment ordinarily limited by time or distance (80 percent).

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Technology is also helping bring multiple generations together, the survey found. More than half (53) percent of moms feel like their children share more meaningful moments with their grandparents, thanks to the ubiquitous nature of technology.

"Being with family — especially one’s mother — matters most during special holidays and moments," said Stacy DeBroff, CEO of MomCentral. "However, often an in-person trip is simply not possible. Moms of all ages have embraced technology because it helps them keep their families close together. Video calling is becoming the next best thing to being somewhere in person because people can share special moments in real-time whether it be a monumental life occasion like baby’s first steps or an everyday moment like saying 'I love you.'"

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.

Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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