Technology bridges the distance this holiday season
TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - While we think of holidays as a time to
be with friends and family, the majority of Canadians aren't able to
spend time with all those they love. According to a new survey
commissioned by Intel Canada, nearly three quarters of Canadians (74
per cent) have family and friends that they want to see over the
holidays but can't. The two biggest barriers keeping Canadians away
from those they love are distance (cited by 80 per cent of those
surveyed) and financial constraints (cited by 53 per cent).
However, Canadians are definitely staying connected. They are sharing
holiday cheer across great distances with the help of their computers.
Canadians are connecting with video chat, such as Skype, email and
social media. Thirty-three per cent of Canadians say the next best
thing to sharing the holidays with someone in person is connecting with
them using video chat; 23 per cent of Canadians say they are now using
more video chat compared to 2009.
Not just for the young, people of all ages are turning to computers to
connect with family in meaningful ways. Only 17 per cent of Canadians
consider technology to be an impersonal way to connect with family and
friends. This can explain why the traditional means of connecting are
declining with Canadians foregoing greeting cards. Only six per cent of
respondents use letters and cards as their primary way to connect with
family and friends over the holidays and 41 per cent send less letters
and cards than they did in 2009.
"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."
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.
Mah explains that computers with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ technology give people the flexibility to
connect and share in ways that are personal and visual. Sharing holiday
memories with family and friends is made easier with Intel® Wireless
Display 2.0 (WiDi) technology allowing users to wirelessly stream
content from the laptop to the TV. It's an exciting new viewing
experience, ideal for everyday use and when sharing video chats, movies
and photos with holiday guests. When making holiday videos to share
with family and friends, Intel® Quick Sync Video takes the wait out of
editing and sharing videos with astonishing performance that once took
hours now is completed in minutes.
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About the survey
From November 7th to November 8th, 2011 an online survey was conducted among 1,017 randomly selected
Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of
error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of
20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most
current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a
sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada.
Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
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