The whole world uses the Internet and Canadians are no exception. Moreover, according to statistics, Canadians spend 43.5 hours in average online per week. This is twice bigger than the world average and 8 hours more than Americans use the Internet. And what attracts people the most are social networks, online casinos, television and music services.
As for social networks, the first on the list, of course, is Facebook, followed by Instagram and Twitter. Another of the latest innovations is the Horizon World’s social network. Not so long ago, it became available to adults in the US and Canada, said Darren Keane, Storm International CEO. The Horizon Worlds service is a virtual space where people interact by controlling three-dimensional avatars. Here you can design your own avatar, create unique spaces and games, chat with friends, or simply explore landscapes that other users have created. By the way, Facebook employees keep the order and help the beginners to get comfortable in this virtual world. They act as guides and protectors from troublemakers.
By the way, more than 90% of all Canadian Internet users connect to the network also using mobile devices. However, despite such a high rate and the widespread use of smartphones, three-quarters of Canadians also use PCs and laptops to go online. So users do not have any particular preference – they use many devices to connect to the network. And this means of a increasing demand for both mobile gadgets and computers.
Among the types of mobile applications that users are most interested in, various instant messengers are leading – about 90% of Canadians use them. Many users download online shopping applications and entertainment services or video applications such as YouTube, or play mobile games. There are also a few Canadians who install dating apps.
Despite the fact that Canada is not one of the gambling capitals of the world, online casinos are highly popular here. The Canadian authorities are very flexible in their approach of regulating the industry. Therefore, gambling in this country is becoming increasingly popular. But laws of gambling can vary significantly from one Canadian province to another. Also, each of them has its own gambling commission, which regulates gambling entertainment.
The minimum age of players and permitted types of gambling vary by province. So, mostly you can play in a casino only if you are already 19 years old. But there is an exception: in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec provinces, you can be a full-fledged casino player from the age of 18.
Also, depending on the legislation, the states allow or prohibit the operation of offline and online casinos, lotteries, sweepstakes. Lotteries operate legally in most provinces, admitted Darren Keane from Storm International. But there are restrictions on bets and casinos in many of them.
Of course, the pandemic also played a huge role in the spread of the Internet. Employees of many companies have switched to remote work, students have moved to online learning. Fortunately, the Internet allows not only to have fun, but also to spend time in a useful way.