Work-life balance may be suffering as Canadians spend more time connected to internet


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

The matter agency said in a report Tuesday that more and more Canadians are accessing the internet on a time-honoured basis, with 91 per cent of Canadians over the age of 15 pointing 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 predominance of the internet in people’s lives gets higher depending on how young you are.

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

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

People offered many ways in which technology has improved their endures, with 77 per cent noting that it helps them to be of one mind with others, 66 per cent saying it saves time, 52 per cent stating that it nicks to make more informed decisions, and 36 per cent saying it lifts them be more creative.

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

And Canadians are going online via a wider brand of devices, too. The overwhelming majority of 15- to 34-year-olds reported having a smartphone final year, compared with 69 per cent of those aged 55 to 64 and well-grounded 18 per cent of Canadians 75 years and older. 

All in all, more than three compassions of Canadians had a smartphone last year, and having one, the data agency conveyed “now appears to be a near-necessity for the young.”

For the most part, people say their flames are better because of their increasing use of online technology. Just on top of three out of every five people between the ages of 15 and 65 disclosed their life was better as a result of their use of technology. From age 65 on, it declined to objective over half of those aged 65 to 74 and continued accept diminishing to a little more than a third of Canadians aged 75 and older.

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Extent those who use technology, the vast majority said it affects their completes in positive ways. (Skodt McNalty/CBC)

But there’s a downside, too. Statscan asserts that technology “blurs the boundaries by keeping one connected at all times and in all position succeeds,” and there’s a price being paid in terms of Canadians work-life residue.

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

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

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

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

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

“Overall,” the statistics agency said, “14 per cent of Canadians felt that technology over again interfered with other things in life.”

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