Believe it or not, Canadians spend time online more than any other nations in the world. Of course, nowadays, we are using the Internet for more than just communication and entertainment. We do our jobs online, prepare a paper assignment, shopping, and so many different things. Truth be told, 20 years ago we did not even think we will rely on it so much yet, today our everyday lives are unimaginable. Now, let’s see how the citizens of the Great White North spend their time online, and why their lives revolve around the digital world so much.

Most visited sites

Google, YouTube, and Facebook are three of the most visited sites in Canada. Other than those, the most popular native websites belong to media or news companies in Canada, as they tend to maintain a very dominant online presence. Another interesting fact is that Canadians are subscribed to a variety of online content distributors, and over 53% of them (internet users) are subscribed to streaming services such as Netflix.  

File Sharing

Did you know that Canada has the largest number of file sharers? You would imagine that a country without strict Copyright Act would be at the top of such list, but in reality, it is Canada. In fact, around 14% admitted to downloading/streaming or sharing a pirated movie, TV show, album, etc. Furthermore, they said they had no trouble paying for content legally, so long as it is reasonably priced.

The main reason why the Canucks turn to piracy is that it is more convenient, as they say. However, the second reason is that the original content is too expensive and they don’t want to pay for it. The third reason why it is so easily justified is that the content they wish to see is not available in their region or its availability is delayed. Since this is the case it is reasonable for others to simply justify their actions by saying “everyone else does it.”

Costs

An average household in Canada spends over $200 per month on online service (internet provider, digital media distributors, communication services, etc.). Moreover, Canada is almost the only member of OECD that continues to use data caps on internet connection. Meaning, just because they are spending so much on those services does not imply they have higher quality service than users in other developed countries. Since internet use is still on a rise, it reasonable to assume it is an integral part of their economy, and providers intend to capitalize on such high demand.