COVID-19: Quebecers’ digital habits transformed

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the digital habits of Quebecers, according to a recent survey by the Université de Laval.

The NETendances 2020 study from the Académie de la transformation numérique (ATN) found that 63% of Quebec adults spent more time in front of their screens this year.

About 70% of Quebecers have an Internet subscription to a movie or series viewing service, an increase of 13% compared to 2019.

Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are among the viewing platforms that have seen significant growth with 19% and 52%. In contrast, fiber optic or cable television services fell 5 points in one year to 72%.

The survey reveals that 97% of Quebec households have internet access at home. An increase of 4 percentage points made possible thanks to the membership of 65 years and over who are 90% to be connected instead of 83% in 2019.

In addition, two in five Quebecers intend to buy an electronic device in the next 12 months, an increase of 25 points compared to 2019. The craze mainly concerns smartphones and electronic tablets.

In addition, 66% of adults own entertainment devices, including the media player which has grown in popularity from 17% to 30% within a year.

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