Friday, June 13, 2008

Almost 75 per cent of Canadians use the Internet; teens drive up its use

MONTREAL — Almost all 16-and 17-year-olds in Canada have used the Internet either for doing school work, sending text messages, playing video games or listening to music, according to a study released Thursday.

Statistics Canada said it included this age group for the first time in its Internet use survey and these teens accounted for part of the overall increase in online use in 2007.

"They're younger, but at the same time they're experienced users," said Statistics Canadian official Larry McKeown.

Overall, 73 per cent of Canadians aged 16 and older, or 19.2 million people, used the Internet mostly for e-mail and browsing. That's compared with 68 per cent in 2005, when the last survey was conducted.

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