Canada’s Online Health Check
Statistics Canada has just released some new data about Canadians’ Internet use. The data are based on a November 2009 survey, in which more than 23,000 Canadians aged 16 years and over were surveyed.
A few quotes and highlights from the report:
- In 2009, 80% of Canadians aged 16 and older, or 21.7 million people, used the Internet for personal reasons
- 98% of people aged 16 to 24 went online
- 66% of people 45 or older went online
- A similar proportion of men (81%) and women (80%) used the Internet
- 96% of Internet users aged 16 or older reported going online from home, 42% from work, 21% from schools, 15% from libraries
- Among those who used the Internet from home, 75% went online every day during a typical month
- 55% were online for 5 hours or more during a typical week
- 92% connected with a high-speed connection
Health searches on the Internet:
- Searching for health information online was reported by 70% of home users
- 74% of women used the Internet to search for information about health or medical conditions, while 66% of men did so
To see Canadian Internet use statistics from the previous 2007 report, go here.
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