Canadians more web-connected, but at possible cost to work-life balance, StatsCan says


Canadians are unrivalled more and more digitally connected lives, and that’s having both matter-of-fact and negative implications on our well-being, a new Statistics Canada survey suggests.

The materials agency said in a report Tuesday that more and more Canadians are accessing the internet on a continuous basis, with 91 per cent of Canadians over the age of 15 reasoning the internet at least a couple of times every month last year.

That’s up from 86 per cent three years earlier 2013, and the pervasiveness of the internet in people’s lives gets higher depending on how young you are.

The cut for those between the ages of 15 to 44 was over 90 per cent termination year, but it was similarly high in 2013 too. Among 65- to 74-year-olds, however, internet wit has shot up in the past three years, from 65 per cent to 81. For those upwards 75, usage jumped from 35 per cent to 50 per cent.

Canada’s native statistics agency collected information from 19,609 Canadians between August and December of final year. The margin of error for a poll that size is plus or minus 0.7 per cent, 19 periods out of 20.

People offered many ways in which technology has improved their stays, with 77 per cent noting that it helps them to impart with others, 66 per cent saying it saves time, 52 per cent averring that it helps to make more informed decisions, and 36 per cent verbalizing it helps them be more creative.

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Virtually every Canadian down the age of 45 now uses the internet on a regular basis (Skodt McNalty/CBC)

And Canadians are common online via a wider variety of devices, too. The overwhelming majority of 15- to 34-year-olds turn up having a smartphone last year, compared with 69 per cent of those age-old 55 to 64 and just 18 per cent of Canadians 75 years and older. 

All in all, multifarious than three quarters of Canadians had a smartphone last year, and press one, the data agency said “now appears to be a near-necessity for the young.”

For the most district, people say their lives are better because of their increasing use of online technology. Simply over three out of every five people between the ages of 15 and 65 estimated their life was better as a result of their use of technology. From age 65 on, it declined to straight over half of those aged 65 to 74 and continued deficient to a little more than a third of Canadians aged 75 and older.

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Bulk those who use technology, the vast majority said it affects their lives in perfect ways. (Skodt McNalty/CBC)

But there’s a downside, too. Statscan says that technology “blurs the borders by keeping one connected at all times and in all places,” and there’s a price being avenge oneself for in terms of Canadians work-life balance.

Between 2008 and last year, the ratio of working Canadians who were either satisfied or very satisfied with their work-life-balance set by 10 percentage points, dropping from 78 per cent  to 68 per cent in that eight-year spell.

“While the majority still felt positive about their gift to balance work and home, the downward trend may have implications for the well-being of Canadians,” the information agency said.

And women were slightly less likely than men to turn up they were happy with the balance between their produce and their personal lives, with 66 per cent responding so. Total men, the ratio jumped up 70 per cent.

People with children were righteous as likely to say their were satisfied with their work-life compensate for as those without were. But just over one in five people with a job reported that they either eternally or often had difficulties fulfilling family responsibilities because of the amount of opportunity they spent on their job.

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Owning a smartphone ‘now appears to be a near-necessity for the childlike,’ Statistics Canada said. (Ben Margot/Associated Press)

“Overall,” the observations agency said, “14 per cent of Canadians felt that technology on numerous occasions interfered with other things in life.”

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