Canadians’ internet use is at an all-time high, according to a new survey by the Media Technology Monitor (MTM).
MTM conducted phone surveys with 1,351 Canadians from October 7 to December 12, 2016. Respondents were also required to complete a follow-up online questionnaire.
The survey found that the time Canadians spend online continues to increase. In 2016, the average Canadian spent 24.5 hours surfing the web, which is a 1.9-hour increase from 2015.
Canadians aged 18 to 34 and students spend the most time online, clocking in 34 and 33.3-hours of internet use per week, respectively.
The largest demographics that did not have internet connections in their homes were those 65 and older, individuals with less education, and those living in lower-income households.
Those with only some high school education (28%) were the group most likely to not have a working internet connection in their homes.
The presence of internet connections in Canadian households has also reached a high, with nearly 90% of survey respondents saying they have a working connection system in their home.
The survey found that the technology owned by Canadians also impacts their internet use.
Smartphone owners spend the most time (26.2 hours per week) using the internet.
Over half of Canadians (52 %) are also using their television to connect to the web, which the survey notes is influenced by the widespread use of Netflix for watching videos online.