Weekend Reading: Canadians social media score, digital detox camp and summer’s hottest devices

Weekend Reading: Canadians social media score, digital detox camp and summer’s hottest devicesSome weeks provide more interesting digital news than others. This week, amid the BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4 releases, what caught my eye were two stories geared towards social media use among Canadians and a camp for digital detox. Catch up on all this and more in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading. 

How active are Canadians with social media?

Being an avid social media user both personally and professionally, I’m always eager to see new stats revealing its popularly, particularly how Canadians compare to the rest of the world.

Maclean’s published an article this week looking at social media usage in Canada, revolving around popular social sites Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Among the 4,001 Anglophone Canadians surveyed, seven out of 10 were regular social media users. What defines regular? About 63 per cent of them admitted to checking updates on these sites every day.

What surprised me most was Twitter’s results – less than one in five users claimed they were on Twitter last month, the second largest social network next to Facebook! Why is this, and how does LinkedIn measure up? Check out the article for a full analysis and trends and let us know where you fit in. Of the three mentioned, I definitely use Facebook the most as well, but I see the benefits of the other networks, too..  What about you?

Camp Grounded – a digital detox summer camp for adults

Obviously, Canadians depend on social media, but have you ever wanted to just turn it all off for a few days? Surprisingly, many of you have – enough to warrant the creation of a camp designed to help people disconnect from the digital world for four whole days!

Mashable recently uncovered the retreat in California, which has over 200 participants already signed up and eager for a “digital detox.” While at Camp Grounded, there is no technology use or talk whatsoever. Campers get to participate in old-school activities such as archery, capture the flag, arts and crafts workshops, pillow fights and yoga.

The first session, taking place in June, is already sold out, so if you’re interested in giving it a try, you’d better sign up for the waiting list now! It definitely sounds like a cool experience that I could handle … for a day … or maybe an hour. Forget it, I miss my iPhone and apps already!

Summer’s hottest devices are here!

If you’re thinking Camp Grounded looks like a walk in the park, then you haven’t seen what you’d be missing with the new BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4, which both launched this week.

Those of you reluctant to take on a touchscreen will appreciate the Blackberry Q10. Designed with the BlackBerry keyboard fans have come to know and love, the Q10 also features touch screen capabilities, time shift mode and the BlackBerry 10 interface. The BlackBerry Q10 is available now in black, and exclusive to Rogers, white models. See why Mobile Syrup has hailed it the “best BlackBerry ever” and Crackberry calls it the “BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for.” Let us know if you’ve got your hands on one yet!

If Android is more your style, Samsung fans will be delighted to know the Galaxy S4 was also released this week with some fantastic offers. For a limited time, you can get a free Kindle Paperwhite when you activate a new smartphone (including both the Samsung Galaxy S4 AND the Blackberry Q10) on select three-year plans. If e-readers aren’t your thing, check out our $35 Google Play voucher available with select three-year plans when you activate a Samsung Galaxy S4 between now and June 30, 2013.

These offers are exclusive to Rogers, and of course, both are compatible on our newly branded LTE Max network.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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  1. Still think it really sucks that you offer a free kindle to new customers, but a customer of 10+ years buying the same phone, at the same price, and on the same 3-year plan gets nothing.

    Kind of a slap in the face to existing customers and doesn’t do much to encourage a person to stay.

    • RogersSarah says: May 6th, 2013 a 10:52am

      The Kindle offer is available to existing customers as well as new customers.

      • I keep hearing conflicting information depending on who I talk to. I filled out the form online after picking up a Galaxy S4 this past weekend. Will report back here whether they approve it or not.

      • So its now been 19 days since I submitted, and the status lookup says it confirms my submission has been received, but that it is waiting to be validated. Says to allow 5 business days, and its been 15 now :(

  2. Bhupinder D says: May 3rd, 2013 a 8:50pm

    How active are Canadians with social media?:

    I am definitely one of the 63% who checks social media daily. The one in five figure for Twitter use is surprising to me too. That’s only 20%? I am most definitely the ONE out of five who is on Twitter. For me, I prefer Twitter over Facebook.

    Camp Grounded – a digital detox summer camp for adults:

    Very interesting! I must say I have those days where Twitter and I aren’t seeing eye to eye. In fact today may have been one of those days. I think Camp Grounded is a good idea. Sign me up to the pillow fight for sure…who wants to battle me?

    Summer’s hottest devices are here!:

    OMG! Q10!

    If the Rogers Redboard team happens to have one of these bad boys just lying around and collecting dust please feel free to send it my way! ;-)

    As you may know I love Weekend Reading! However, this week I enjoyed the post titled: “Toronto Foundation for Student Success: A Rogers Youth Fund success story”…more! Awesome stuff, what the Roger Youth Fund is doing with “beyond 3:30″ program! Keep up the good work!

    Have a great weekend & enjoy the sunshine!

    :)

    @BhuDeo