The Internet and Canadian Social Life
On the impact of internet usage on the social life of Canadians, I rely mostly on thework of Veenhof, B; Wellman, B.; Quell, C.; and Hogan, B.; (2008) in their work titled:
How Canadian Use of the Internet Affects Social life and Civic Participation
andpublished in the Connectedness’ Series of the Statistics Canada publications. Theytried to study whether Canadians are getting more detached, isolated and reclusiveas more and more of them use the internet. Veenhof
(2008) also studied theimpact of the internet on the integration of Canadians into their communities, as wellthe recent structure of these communities as opposed to the traditional structureobtained in the past, due to the impact of internet usage. Veenhof
(2008)’s worksought to find answers to the above questions by examining survey findings fromprimary research originally carried out by statistics Canada and the Connected livesproject in order to discover the role of the internet on Canada’s social life and it’sinherent potential to increase the activeness of the Canadian Citizen. Findings fromthis research work will be stated in the findings section of this research work, onpage.
Secondly, on the impact of internet usage on the health of Canadians, I also rely onthe work carried out by Veenhof, B. (2006) titled:
The Internet: Is it changing the way Canadians spend their time?
The report which was also published by StatisticsCanada, was based on a 2005 time use data collected in its General Social Survey(GSS). I relied mostly on the sections of this report which examined internet use, andthe perceived health and happiness of Canadian users as well as their perceptionsof time spent on the internet and its relationship to their individual stress levels.Findings from the examination of these research works, will also be presented in thefindings section, on the next page.