What Do Canadians Do Online?
On average, Canadians spend over 6 hours a day on the internet. With the average person spending a quarter of their life online, it’s easy to see how Canada’s online habits follow trends.
Most Canadians spend 1 hour 46 minutes on social media every day.Facebook is Canada’s most popular social media website.76% of all Canadians have a Facebookaccount, and today Facebook is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top three most-visited websites. Other popular social media sites include photo and video streaming services, such as Tik-Tok, YouTubeand Instagram.
Canada has 36.89 million internet users, and it’s estimated that over 96% of adults in Canada use at least one social media channel every day. People move fluidly from desktop to mobile devices throughout the day, so they can always have social media at their fingertips.
Live streaming TV and music channels are widely used by all demographics. Canadians are researching information and using online gaming consoles.
A smaller percentage are actively listening to podcasts on a regular basis. Some internet users also use personal blogging sites like Tumblr, mood board sites like Pinterest, and opinion sites like Twitter to create their own personal corner of the internet.
With the rising internet use, we’re seeing an increase in the popularity of online gamingacross Canada.
There are currently over 2000 active gaming websites in Canada, so casino games rank highly amongst Canada’s favourite online pastimes.As the 8th largest online gaming country in the world, Canada is one of the global industry leaders in gambling.According to the Canadian Gaming Industry Report, 19.3 million Canadians are actively gambling, and online gambling is a highly-profitable industry in all 10provinces.
Ontario is home to 39% of Canada’s online gaming community, with Quebec coming in a close second at 24%. Online Gaming is also very popular in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Other provinces, including Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan all see a wide range of online gambling.
Also, the pandemic has caused many people to resort to the internet as their main source of information.
Many people no longer visit libraries or newsagents in favour of researching information online. Canadians regularly use the internet for news, and to keep up to date with current affairs.
The internet is now Canada’s largest source of both education and entertainment.