According to some new data from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), 30% of Canadians say they are reluctant to use social media or participate in an online discussion because they are concerned about harassment, with almost 41% naming Facebook, as the most toxic site they use.
The latest findings, which are a part of Canada’s Internet Factbook that offers a comprehensive look at Canadians’ internet usage and habits during the era of COVID-19, also show that less than two-thirds (63%) feel safe from harassment on Facebook.
Moreover, 11% of Canadians believe they are addicted to the internet and just ‘can’t stop scrolling.’
“Canadians are embracing the digital economy at an unprecedented rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results speak for themselves, Canadians are shopping, connecting and learning online more than ever, and we are proud that the .CA domain continues to be a symbol of trust online.”
Byron Holland, president and CEO, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
Other interesting findings include:
- 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.
- Most common methods are unwritten rules (51 percent), weekday limits (39 per cent), and schedules (33 per cent)
- 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.
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