According to new data from Statistics Canada, older Canadians represent the fastest-growing segment of internet users. Survey participants were asked if they used the internet “at least a few times during a typical month.” Data analysis revealed online activity among those aged 65 to 74 climbed 16 percentage points between 2013 and 2016. That growth was closely followed among people aged 75 and older, whose internet use jumped 15 points over the same three-year period.
Toronto-based technology expert Avery Swartz says the rising use of the internet among seniors is likely spurred by more intuitive, easy-to-use technology and devices are much easier to use now than there were just a few years ago.”
While older Canadians are seeing more robust representation online, a significant age gap is still evident when it comes to mobile phone usage. The survey found an overwhelming majority (94 per cent) of 15 to 34 year-olds own a connected mobile device, compared to just 18 per cent for those over 75.
– 68 per cent of those 65 and older who participated in the survey reported using the internet “a few times a month” in 2016.
– 90 per cent of those surveyed said they owned two or more digital devices in 2016. 80 per cent said they owned three or more.
– 71 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older reported owning a laptop.
– 54 per cent reported owning a tablet or e-reader.
– half said they owned a desktop computer in 2016.
– 59 per cent of survey participants said their life has been made better by the use of technology.
– 14 per cent of survey participants felt that technology often interfered with other things in life.
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