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Everything around us seems to be pushing us towards connectivity, whether it is our smartphones, which allow us to stay connected everywhere at all times, wider access to Wi-Fi, or the countless applications and platforms developed to draw our attention.
Why? Hyperconnectivity is no coincidence. Technological advances have led to the development of more effective and accessible devices. The Internet has gradually become an indispensable work and information tool for many of us. It also meets people’s needs and wants, such as socialising at any time and virtually unlimited access to entertainment.
The result? We use our screens often without a care or a second thought, whether at home, at school, at work… or even during our free time! In fact, the Internet is so useful that we’ve allowed it to occupy an important place in our lives, one that is sometimes too important. And this is where there might be a risk…
Still not convinced? Here are some statistics:
For children and teens…
- In Canada, 42% of children younger than 9 years, 55% of youth aged 10 to 13, and 77% of teens older than 14 have their own smartphone with an Internet connection.
- Approximately 21% of Montréal 6th graders have an intensive use of screens, or more than 4 hours per day, for recreational purposes only.
- In Quebec, it is estimated that nearly 18% of high school students are at risk of developing problematic Internet use.
… And let’s not forget adults!
- In Quebec, 95% of adults have at least one of the following devices: personal computer, smart watch, smartphone, electronic tablet, connected exercise bracelet.
- Approximately 16% of Montréal adults intensively use screens for recreational purposes: more than 4 hours per day.
- In Canada, the average user spends 1 hour 42 minutes per day on their smartphones.