A new BC Hydro report finds British Columbians’ addiction to personal electronics has resulted in a 150 per cent increase in electricity use from small electronics since 1990.
Hydro President Chris O’Riley says the increase in the use of smartphones, laptops and tablets has seen household electricity use increased from 7 percent to 17 per cent since the early 1990s.
The report goes on to say that nearly one-third of British Columbians between the ages of 18 and 24 would give up heating in their home on a cold winter day before giving up their smartphone.
More than a quarter aged 25 to 54 would rather give up seeing their spouse or partner for a day than give up their smartphone or tablet for 24 hours.
This jumps to one-third for those aged 55 to 64.
One-fifth of British Columbians admit to sleeping with their smartphone in bed – and 70 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 at least occasionally sleep with their device.
Over a quarter of British Columbians between the ages 18 and 34 would rather give up their salary for a day than their smartphone for 24 hours.
The report titled “Constantly Connected: B.C.’s obsession with personal electronics and how it’s shifting household electricity use” found more than three-quarters of British Columbians own a smartphone and spend, on average, 4.7 hours a day on their device. In addition, the number of tablets in B.C. households has increased by more than 200 per cent since 2010.