Anastasia Anstadt, 26, says she likes to keep a laser communication device in her pocket so she can keep up with the people she knows.
“I think it’s a great tool to have in case of emergencies,” said Anstadt.
She’s been using her laser pointer to communicate with family members since her son was born in December.
But she doesn’t have the time to go out and talk to strangers on the phone.
“My son’s been very, very supportive,” said her husband, Michael Anstadt of Red Deer, Alberta.
“We just talk to him and see what’s going on.
But sometimes we’re at work and we have to go back to work.
So sometimes I don’t have time to do it.”
Anstadt is not alone.
According to a survey conducted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research and advocacy group, the number of Canadians who are using laser pointers is growing.
The survey found that 42 per cent of Canadians are using a laser-based communication device, including 52 per cent in Alberta.
Anstadt’s friend and colleague, Sarah Poulin of Toronto, said she’s a big fan of laser pointers.
“People are using them, they’re being very friendly, they have a lot of fun,” said Pou, who also uses a laser to communicate.
“It’s like a new device for me.”
Annette said she and her friends will likely be using laser communication devices in the near future.
“But we have a little more time than I thought we would, and I think that’s OK,” said the 26-year-old.
“There’s nothing wrong with using something for a long time, because you know you’re using it.
I just think it takes a little longer for us to do that.”