Video Chat a Popular Thing for Canadians During the Holidays

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

74% of Canadians have family and friends that they want to see over the holidays but can't, according to a new survey commissioned by Intel. What's keeping them apart? 80% of those unable to connect in person cite distance and 53% cite financial constraints.

While this may have been a big deal several years ago, that isn't the case anymore. Email is good, social media is better, and video chat is the best when it comes to connecting with fellow Canadians. 33% say video chat is the next best thing to a real-life connection, while 23% say they're using more video chat than last year. 17% of Canadians still consider technology to be an impersonal way of connecting, with 6% still using snail mail to stay in touch, but those numbers are sharply declining as people accept the new age of communication.

"It's not a surprise that Canadians are embracing technology as a meaningful way to connect with family and friends over the holidays," says Elaine Mah, Canadian country manager, Intel Corporation. "Technology has come such a long way and tools like video chat make you feel like you're right there in person."

The only issue is mutual technology—34% of Canadians complain that the person they want to connect to doesn't have the right technology.

Thirty-six per cent of Canadians said they face no barriers to using technology to connect with family and friends. However, 34 per cent complain that the person they wish to connect with doesn't have the right technology on their end. Having the right technology can be the key to creating lasting holiday memories.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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