(AP file photo)

80% of Canadians can’t keep off the internet for 8 straight hours: survey

85% haven’t taken a week-long break this year

A new survey suggests 85 per cent of Canadians have not gone “off the grid” at all in the past year.

The survey, part of a report released Tuesday from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, polled 2,000 Canadians, and found only 15 per cent had not managed to stay off the internet for a whole week, and another 20 per cent reported they disconnected for just eight hours.

Quebecers were the most patriotic in what content they like to see, with 22 per cent saying they often or always seek out Canadian content. British Columbians were the least – 39 per cent said they almost never look for Canadian material.

Seven out of 10 internet users reported they wouldn’t buy a home without high-speed internet. B.C. and Alberta had the fastest internet in 2019, outpacing former winner New Brunswick in 2019.

Even the older demographic is coming on board, with 57 per cent of baby boomers having smartphones in 2019, compared with 24 per cent in 2015.

Attention spans are decreasing, the survey shows. About 75 per cent of Canadians go online even while they’re watching television.

Just under half of Canadians admit to using their phones in the bathrooms, while 45 per cent say they have to provide informal technical support for their families.

To round it out: Nine per cent of respondents said they get their education online, 16 per cent found their home online, 22 per cent found a job online and 10 per cent found their spouse online.

ALSO READ: You might not know these B.C. records are public

ALSO READ: Mistakes on mobile, internet and TV bills is No. 1 issue on tally by ombudsman


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

“Music of the Night: The Concert Tour” to Play at Prince Charles Theatre

The Concert Tour is a concert celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th… Continue reading

Latest round of Columbia River Treaty talks wrap up in Cranbrook

Federal, provincial, U.S. and Indigenous representatives recently met for eight round of discussions

First Nations given max compensation for Ottawa’s child-welfare discrimination

2016 ruling said feds didn’t give same funding for on-reserve kids as was given to off-reserve kids

Kootenay author D.M. Ditson offers glimpse to recovery

Calm and confident, author D.M. Ditson stands at the rickety black metal… Continue reading

Scarecrow Festival was a success

The second annual Scarecrow Festival took place Sept. 3-7 in conjunction with… Continue reading

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Most Read