January 9

Dear Division 17 and 18,

Here’s our first blog homework assignment of 2018!

We’ve just started out new mini-project on media and media literacy.  The following images are taken from the Statistics Canada website.  You can find the entire article at this link.

Please take a look at these graphs.  They share information about how Canadians report their interactions with the media.

Chart 1 Frequency of following news and current affairs, 2003 and 2013

Chart 2 Frequency of following news and current affairs, by age group, 2003 and 2013.

Chart 3 Type of media used to follow news and current affairs, 2003 and 2013.

Chart 4 Type of media used to follow news and current affairs, by age group, 2013.

Chart 5 Type of media used to follow news and current affairs by people who use only one type of media to stay informed, 2013.

Interesting, isn’t it?

For your homework this week, please answer one of the following questions:

1. Choose one of the graphs that you think provides information that tells something important about Canadian’s use of media.  Identify which graph you have chosen and explain what you think it tells about Canadian society.  Please do not just tell what information the graph contains, go further and make inferences, make connections or draw conclusions.

2. Connect your own experiences to the information in the graphs.  Do you and your family and friends fit within the information represented in the graphs?  Please give reasons why or why not.

We look forward to your responses!




  1. The phantome blade

    Graph 1
    Tells all of us how much of our time on the Internet we spend looking at news which is surprising because only a handful of people I know use the news daily.

  2. Santiago

    I thought that on chart 3 in blue for internet was probably because younger people usually use the internet more often than older people for example lets say Billy Bob goes on the internet to look at funny cat videos and finds a ad for buy 1 pantaloon get 1 50% more and he likes that deal rather older people don’t go online more that younger people. I also noticed that people 55+ see ads on TV and I its because they are probably retired people siting back, watching TV, see an ad and liking that ad. and i noticed that 35-54 year olds are probably workers going to work and hearing a ad and then liking it.

  3. black circle

    In chart 5 showed that younger people use the internet for news updates rather than seniors who use television as their prime source of news. I was surprised that 35 to 54 use the most radio because radio is gradually being replaced by the internet and more surprising is that seniors use the least radio.

  4. electroe05

    Chart 5: I noticed that 15-34 year olds look on the internet than older people. this seemed very realistic because I tend to see teens online very often. I found on the website ourpact.com the teens spend an average 7.5 hours online. personaly I listen to the radio witch barely anyone used according to this graph. It also shocked me at how many elderly used the tv to watch the news. I loved the blog post, thanks!

  5. Arty-choke

    Question #1-Chart #1
    I thought it was really interesting that in 2003, how Canadians followed current events and media more then in 2013. Which surprised me because I feel like we have progressed in technology, so our society would be looking at news and current events on phones and other electronics more often. Also, I find our communities are always a lot more interested in news of bad things or things that stand out. For example, Politics is a big topic a lot of people are interested in, because there is usually a lot of disagreement and uprise when things happen in that subject.

  6. what the what!

    I chose graph number five, because it shows how younger people have the tendency to use the internet to stay informed on certain events, more than middle aged people who may use television and less internet.Now, older people use a lot less internet more television less of the radio and they read more newspapers.This proves that younger people who may or may not have grown up with new technology use the internet more.

  7. Awesomeness

    Chart 5:
    I think why the age group 15 to 34 uses the internet to look for news is maybe, it’s because they know how to use the Internet faster, and it is more efficient to just look on the internet. The age difference says a lot too, like 15 to 34 year olds, most of them has portable devices with them so they could be almost any where on there phone’s, looking at the news. When the age group, 55 and up year olds are not as active online as 15 to 34 year olds are, so they want to sit and watch the news on the t.v. and relax.

  8. Amythest

    1. I chose graph #4, because I found that there were some interesting pieces of information, yet there were some not surprising pieces of information. Television was the highest source of media and spreading news for 35 to 54 year olds and 55 years and older. I figure it is like that because it’s so simple to just turn on a channel, especially for the age range of 35 to 54 year olds because at that age you might have kids, so the easiest way to get the current news without leaving your house. Internet was the highest source of media for 15 to 34 year olds, which doesnt surprise me because a lot of teenagers and young adults use the internet for getting the current news.

  9. snapshot10101

    for this post i am choosing graph 5.
    i think what this graph shows is the fact that young and old alike are rely more on the internet to tell them virtually anything.

  10. DairyKing07

    Question 2, graph 5: I think it means that younger people going on to the internet more and older people and adults watch the TV more. This graph applies to me because I hear most news on the internet because I’m on it often and the adults I know usually get news from the TV because they’re on TV often.

  11. IM_PICKLE_RICK!!!🥒

    Graph 4
    People seem to use tv 📺 to watch some news and internet more than newzpaperz now and it seems like a lot of old people do watch news and those old people does not use internet less people use magazines I realize a lot of teen to adult use internet.

  12. the engineer

    I think graph 4 tells a lot about people’s ways of getting information. 55+ year olds mostly watch tv because it is a reliable source and the grew up when it was just getting popular.However now that internet came out young people that grew up with it use it more often for it is also a reliable source. I’m not sure but I think that people don’t use magazines or newspaper because you have to usually wait a whole week for it to come and you can’t figure out what’s happening when it happens. The reason people don’t use radio as much as TV or internet is because it is hard to catch onto something if you can’t see it. All the other things you can look at but you can only listen to the radio.

  13. Spirit Heart

    I think that the 1st graph is rilly interesting because I have never seen that many people watch the news. I know my father watches the news every seconded of every day but that’s a lot of people on the graph of course. I also think that it’s interesting that more people watched the news daily more in 2003 then in 2013 so I’m thinking that there was more existing news back then and that people liked the news more.

  14. mistacheeseman

    Graph #4 is interesting to me for two reasons. First, the results for television and internet are opposites. This tells me that the people that grew up with television are more likely to use it to get news where as the younger people mostly use the internet because they grew up with it and because they’d rather pay to have internet over TV. Second, when I look at the chart most young people aren’t using television it shows me that watching the news on television may not be around in the future.

  15. Joaquin

    Graph #4 What this graph shows us is that things better and easier to use are used more by older people then the younger people I think it’s like this because maybe some older People don’t know how to used the internet as well as teenagers. Personally I hate to use newspapers because you have to constantly move it around and watching the news on the tv is anoying with all the commercials but using the internet i find is much better.

  16. Narwhalz

    Chart 4
    What this chart shows is that people don’t read magazines or the newspaper as much now that their is the internet or television. Take me for an example I don’t read the newspaper, magazines or listen to the radio. I mostly read things on the internet.

  17. bow tie 12

    Chart 3-

    The chart I choose was chart 3. There’s 2 dates, 2003 and 2013. And 5 options of media. Newspapers, magazines, television, radio and internet. This is interesting because there’s a big variety of options. I thought that the television and internet was interesting. Because in the article we read about phones. The smart phone was released in 2007 ( correct me if I’m wrong) and there was televisions before the smart phone. So I bet a lot of people get television then later on the smart phone was released so not as much people got televisions. Personally I agree with the chart just maybe not the one about magazines. I think now there is more magazines now. (Cooking, fashion, sports and more) so I think people would buy them more.

  18. smeagaleater10

    Graph 4
    The reason that I chose this specific graph was because you can easily draw information from it from an age-based perspective.
    I think the reason that 55+ people had the highest percentage was because a majority of them still prefer to get their news “the old fashioned way”. I am very surprised that there was quite a lot of kids who consistently read the newspaper back in 2013.
    I think the reason that almost all of the 55+ people watched the news on the TV was because they were retired and bored. I am convinced that people who have jobs or like to keep themselves busy are less likely to watch the news. I also noticed that there was about 50% of the 55+ people watched the news and read the paper I wonder why that is?
    Before I did some deeper thinking, I was surprised that the 55+ category didn’t come first on this old fashioned media supplier. In the beginning I was thinking that because the radio is more of an old fashioned device that the older people would’ve used in the past. However when the middle aged people came before them I reasoned that they already read the newspaper and watched the news, they really didn’t need a third source of media.
    It was no surprise for me that 80% percent of the “youth” use the internet for media. I didn’t find this surprising because almost everyone in Canada from 15 to 34 has a handheld device. Because a lot of youth have interests in different thing on their phone like social media and video games I think they just quickly look at the headlines to get an idea of what’s happening in the world.

  19. Do it for da Hwin

    I chose the fourth graph because the people over or at 55 ha the most percentages for TV and the ages from 34 or less has the most percentages for internet usage. I think that its because younger people use more social media that older people because I think that older people have better friend relationships so they don’t need to use social media to interact with others.

  20. mimiw33

    #2 I think that my family fits in well with graph 3 (particularly my dad) my dad is always on his phone checking the weather or the news. I think that this occurs because it is easier to find information online than it was in 2003. it is all so accessible to users and is so tempting to check.

  21. Mr Blog

    #1 Chart 4 is about types of media used by certain age groups. I thought this one was the most important because this graph applies to all people. The inference i made from this chart is that older people have more time on there hands to take in news because there on the top percent on most of the categories.

  22. Blue snowflake

    1. Chart 3
    I chose chart 3 because I noticed that in 2013 the television and the Internet was the highest, but in 2003 the highest was newspapers and television, and magazines were both the lowest. So I thought that magazines were the lowest because they are the hardest to access compared to the rest of the ways to access media. But in 2003 one of the highest weren’t the Internet, that made me think that at that many people probably didn’t have the Internet at that they used newspapers because it was more convenient. Television was the very highest for both 2003 and 2013, so that meant that many people had TV’s at their houses. Which brought me to the conclusion that as time passes the easier it is to access electronic devices, so many many more people use them as sources to media instead of the old-fashioned radio or the expensive magazines. And I thought that it was important for people to notice that people are using the Internet and the television more as time goes, and that affects people’s mind, behaviour, and eyes. After all, haven’t you noticed all the people who wear glasses while walking in the street?

  23. hockey 101

    I have chosen chart 3 because it most closely illustrates my famliy’s choices to get our news and current affairs.
    Tv is our number one source, internet is a close second and radio is our third option. Unlike people surveyed our family does not use newspapers.

  24. Lightning Bolt

    Chart 4:
    I think its interesting that the older the age is, the media that is known to be more of an older days type of format is used by that age group. It says that the younger you are the more modern technology you use because you were born in the century, Its easier to understand how to use modern stuff because your brain is still developing. While when older people are used to using old media while growing up.

  25. ThePlatypusLife

    The 4th graph is really interesting because I didn’t realize that so many people watched the television that it was the same amount as looking at the internet! I also think that it’s interesting that it varies so hugely in age groups for who uses internet more than television!

  26. Day Dreamer

    Im going to answer question #2 and the graph I chose is graph #5. I think my family and friends do fit in with this chart because my mom for example she’s 45 and if I look over her shoulder wen she’s on the phone she’s usually on the internet like face book or google, she reads the paper every morning, she also watches TV average and the only time she listens to the radio is in the car. My dad is 47 and he reads the news paper very often, he also watches TV, and he’s on his phone looking at internet some times, and he listens to the radio on his mp3 while he bikes to work.

  27. Lam

    Graph 5 is probably the most interesting because it shows the age difference in what there news sources are. I think the reason that people from the age 35-54 listen to radio the most is because their driving a lot and when there in the car they turn on the radio. I think the reason why people from 15-34 use the internet is because they are the most knowledgable about it, and they are on the internet the most. I think that the reason elderly people use the TV as their media source is because there not as mobile as younger people so they spend their time watching the TV.

  28. Flying pinguin

    Chart 5
    I’m going to answer #2
    My Grandpa and Grandma gets newspapers and watches tv about news. But my parents uses internet and radio to lesson to media and the news. Our age we are use to using internet rather then newspapers and tv.

  29. Snapshot1178

    Question 1) Chart 5)

    I think it is interesting that people 55 and older use mostly television to consume media because sometimes when my Grandpa comes over he wants to look at the news by watching it on the TV. People who grew up just before the internet use it half and half with TV. But the people who grew up using the internet use it mostly to check the news.

  30. Timbit

    Question 2, graph 5: I think it means that younger people going on to the internet more and older people and adults watch the TV more. This graph applies to me because I hear most news on the internet because I’m on it often and the adults I know usually get news from the TV because they’re on TV often.

  31. Jet

    #2 (Graph 4) it clearly shows the differences between how much we use our TV’s. There is more i think the reason that TV and newspapers are the most popular is just that they are easier to get. Nowadays magazines don’t really contain news, well maybe news about famous people and such but not average worldwide news. Newspapers are one big connection because when you wake up and you see it sitting there. There’s nothing else to do but read it. I found it weird that radio news was more popular than newspapers. Then i realized, you cant really do two things at once if one of them is reading. Reading needs all of your concentration unlike radios which you can just switch on and listen to while doing other things. Well that concludes this concentration.

  32. Love

    I chose graph #5 and question #2,I think that it mostly relates to my parents because my mom is always on a device mostly an iPad and she’s usually on Facebook or looking in google. Back then there would be newspapers but now people have internet and they use it a lot, like in newspapers we would read the latest news but now we just use the internet and we could search up whatever we want and we’ll most likely have an answer to it.

  33. chiefblobfish

    Chart 3 question 1
    I thought it was interesting because from 2003-2013 getting news off of your TV has dropped but the usage of news on your phone has not. TV has dropped because when you watch TV you have no choice on what your going to watch but on phones you can just go on to a news website and watch whatever you want.

  34. Naruto Shippuden fan boy 1769

    It really amazed me that 55 and older people watch the most television for news instead of on your smartphone. Television have many ads unlike smartphones where there is less and you can more easily access the news you want to watch. A reason why I think older people watch t.v is that they are more accustomed with them since they have been there for a long time, newspaper and magazines have also been there. Radios were invented in 1895 but the golden age of radios ended in 1950 because T.V were available, half of the people polled in 1940 “said radios were doomed”. 2018 – 55 = 1963, when you’re young it’s easier to adapt to things like the TV I practiced good habits early rather than late when I was young and now it’s easy not to develop bad ethics. I watched a video last day about how old folks reacted to cell phones, many of them didn’t know how to use them properly.

  35. hippodude2005

    Graph 5.
    I noticed that all the 15 to 34 year olds used internet way more than the 50 year olds and the older people and that I could totally understand because all the teens are growing up in the digital age but the older people mostly resort to newspapers and TV because that’s all they had back in the 1900.

  36. lordofthepies05

    Graph 4
    I noticed that in graph 4, that people of the age 55 and up used television and newspapers much much more than people of younger age. I think this because 60 years old is around the age that you would start to consider retiring. Once retired you have much more time around the house meaning much more time to be on TV. One thing I’ve noticed from my experience with both my grandmother and grandfather was that they want to know the news much more than, my parents and friends parents. So newspapers and television are probably the easiest way of doing so.

  37. mouk

    My family usually uses the internet daily or every 2nd day to look at the latest news and looks at the news paper weekly. I don’t really look at the news. we also never watch TV or listen to the radio. so I thought that the 4th chart represented correctly for my family because my parents are in the middle aged bit so I would say that it was accurate.
    I also found that men looked at the news more often than woman do now, than back in 2003 when woman listened to the news more than men very interesting. but I kind of understand why that might be because woman were usually expected to stay home and do house work but even in 2003 that still might have happened so the woman might have listened to the radio to keep themselves company while they did work.

  38. PUG_LIFE

    Graph 5
    It shows us how many people use which is more used like from this time to this time like news paper it is 15 to 34 years.

  39. 008rayray800

    In #1 I found it really interesting that in 2003 people looked at it more daily than 2013. With all this stuff about how this generation people are spending all this time on their phones and looking at it all the time but really it’s the older generation that looked at it more each day. I think me and my family fit pretty well, we are pretty average. I think my dad would fall a little lower on all the scales because he only looks at his phone when he really needs to, he doesn’t check it obsessively like a lot of people do. Me and my mom are regular, in my opinion.

  40. aqua ant

    #1 I chose graph #3 I was very surprised that in 2003 the usage was higher on everything but internet.I figured that since the population has grown the usage of most things would go up. Every year we learn new information maybe some information released about screen addiction made some people think differently.The people who have been addicted for a while ,maybe couldn’t control their addiction but people who have had screens for less time could. I am also wondering if maybe the reason people in 2003 used the radios and newspapers more was because, when they were young they may not of had screens so they are use to getting news from other ways.

  41. ChickenGod

    I think the 1st graph is interesting because seeing that more people watched the daily news in 2003 then 2013 it makes me wonder was 2003 daily news maybe more interesting than now.

  42. crum

    i think that graph five was interesting because they gave us a lot of information about different ages. i think that 15 to 34 years didn’t use newspapers that much because they are younger so they prefer phones and mobile devices.

  43. game master 2017

    When I saw graph three I thought about how this connects to my family’s use of media. The fact that TV is the most used makes sense. In my house every day before I leave and when I come home the TV is always on CNN or CTV and fox that one time… As for our use of social media, my parents use social media (twitter facebook ect) to get information as well. My mom uses twitter to get news information frequently and my dad gets his sports news from an app called The Score. I would say we’re an average familey except for the part where our parents use more social media then us. I have also noticed that over the past ten years the number of people who use TV, magazines, newspapers and radio has gone down by at least 10% per media type and the number of people who use internet has gone up 50% over the past 10 years. More and more people are using the internet to get their media. I wonder what it’s going to be like in another 10 years.

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