Canadians more willing to turn off cellphones: survey

A global survey suggests that two-thirds of cellphone users around the world can’t bring themselves to turn off their devices, but Canadians are a little more willing to be unplugged.

A global survey suggests that two-thirds of cellphone users around the world can’t bring themselves to turn off their devices, but Canadians are a little more willing to be unplugged.

Surveys conducted in 24 countries by Ipsos found that 67 per cent of cellphone users said they never or rarely shut down their phone.

Among the Canadians polled, 55 per cent said they never or rarely turn off their phone, which was tied with Saudi Arabia for lowest among the surveyed countries.

On the flipside, 84 per cent of the Russians polled and 80 per cent of Chinese users said they were never or rarely unconnected.

Canadians also stood out for being the most likely to respond “a lot of the time” when asked how often they turned off their phone. About 20 per cent said so, compared to just one per cent of Russian respondents and three per cent of the Chinese users polled.

Canadian cellphone users aged 50 to 64 were the most likely to say they turned theirs off “a lot of the time” (32 per cent).

The most common response overall among Canadians was “rarely” (41 per cent) followed by “sometimes” (25 per cent), “a lot of the time” (20 per cent) and “never” (14 per cent).

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