Average Canadian spends quarter of their life online: Study

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The average Canadian spends a quarter of their life online, a recent NordVPN study shows.

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That works out to 22 years, 2 months, and 12 days of a person’s lifetime online as the average life expectancy for a Canadian is 82 years of age.

In a period of a week, an average person will spend 49 hours using the internet which is basically two days.

Of the 49 hours, roughly 11 are spent for work and the remaining time is for various activities.

This all adds up to about 104 days a year and 22 years over a lifetime.

Most of this time is spent streaming television shows or films.

“Most of us seek to ease and enrich our daily lives with a bunch of various online platforms and services, however, barely anyone thinks about their online security and privacy of the data provided to apps and websites. Long hours spent on the internet only signals about the increased risk of becoming another cyber criminals’ victim — current global circumstances make them even more active,” said Daniel Markuson, a digital privacy expert at NordVPN.

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“Today, the majority of our lives can be conducted online from making payments to providing entertainment for ourselves with TV shows and games. And that’s why we should pay special attention to online cyber threats.”

Time spent online during the typical week includes 2 hours and 31 minutes shopping, 8 hours and 19 minutes watching shows, 6 hours and 22 minutes on social media, 4 hours and 11 minutes listening to music, 6 hours and 5 minutes watching videos, 2 hours and 5 minutes on life administration, 2 hours researching, 1 hour and 57 minutes on video calls, 2 hours and 21 minutes gaming, 1 hour and 36 minutes on classes, 1 hour and 21 minutes looking up recipes and 14 hours and 14 minutes working.

The  NordVPN survey was conducted by the company Norstat on August 23 to 30  with a target group aged 18 to 72.


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