Seniors online

Release date: April 15, 2019
Seniors online
Description: Seniors online

Seniors online

Internet use for 65-to74-year-olds increased from 65% in 2013 to 81% in 2016.

Perecentage of internet use for seniors for the years 2013 and 2016
2013 2016
65-74 years 65% 81%
75-84 years 38% 56%
85+ years 25% 33%

The top 4 technological devices seniors owned in 2016 were:

Devices and usage by seniors in 2016
Device Percentage
Desktop computer 46%
Laptop or netbook 45%
Tablet or e-reader 40%
Smart phone 34%

7 in 10 seniors reported that technology helped them to communicate.

Men were more likely than women to say that using technology always or often saved them time.

  • Men: 40%
  • Women: 34%

Nearly half of senior men read the news online at least once a week.

  • Men: 47%
  • Women: 32%

Note: For the purpose of this infographic, seniors are defined as individuals aged 65 and over.

Sources: General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and Home), 2016 and General Social Survey (Social Identity), 2013.

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