Canada’s Internet Factbook is a comprehensive look at Canadians’ internet usage and habits during the era of COVID-19.
OTTAWA – July 16, 2020 – As advertisers worldwide participate in one of the largest boycotts in Facebook’s history, new data from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) suggests that Canadians are concerned about harassment and toxicity on social media platforms.
Three in ten Canadians say they have been reluctant to use social media or participate in an online discussion because they are concerned about harassment. Facebook, in particular, is named by 41 per cent of Canadians as the most toxic site they use.
The findings are part of Canada’s Internet Factbook, a comprehensive look at Canadians’ internet usage and habits during the era of COVID-19.
Can’t stop scrolling. One in ten (11 per cent) of Canadians say they’re addicted to the internet.
Skip the dishes. Just over half of Canadians (53 per cent) ordered food online in 2020, a significant jump from 27 per cent in 2019.
Time out. Well over half (58 per cent) of parents enforce screen time rules for kids under 18.
Anti-social media. Three in ten Canadians say they have been reluctant to use social media or participate in an online discussion because they are concerned about harassment.
How do they know? Over a third of Canadians (37 per cent) think their smartphones listen to them via the microphone without permission.
Thank you Alexa. Seven in ten Canadians say “please” and “thank you” to their voice-activated assistant. Whereas one-third of Canadians have sworn at their voice-activated assistant