Our new study shows how older Canadians have increased their use of technologies and online services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch AGE-WELL’s recent webinar for a deeper look into the study’s findings and view the summary infographic below.
KEY STUDY FINDINGS:
- 65% of Canadians aged 65+ own a smartphone, with 83% using it daily
- 88% of all Canadians aged 65+ use the Internet daily
- 23% of Canadians aged 65+ now use video calling on their smartphones, twice as many as in 2019
- 37% of seniors report using social media to communicate with family and friends
- 52% of Canadians aged 50+ had a telehealth appointment in the past 3 months
- Half of respondents feel that technology has had a positive impact on their lives during COVID-19 (45% say neither positive nor negative)
About the Study:
Environics Research conducted a survey on behalf of AGE-WELL between July 16 and July 27, 2020, interviewing 2,026 Canadians aged 50 and over; 1,576 (78%) participated via an online panel and 450 (22%) were contacted by telephone. This is the second AGE-WELL survey of its kind, the first being in 2019. Several pandemic-related questions were added to the 2020 survey.