Australian Internet Usage

Statistics from the ABS reveal some surprising facts about how we use the internet...

Some interesting stats from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website taken from the Australian Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2014-15 survey. There were some surprising statistics that revealed that the truth is probably not many of us assume about our use of the internet and information technology.

In summary:

  • 7.7 million Australians were using the internet back then in 2014. Today that number would be significantly higher as more people now have Smart TV’s with internet connection.
  • Homes with children under 15 years of age who had access to the internet accounted for 97% compared to those households with children over 15 years of age (82%).
  • 94% of home occupants used their desktop or laptop computers to access the internet, while 86% used their smart phone and 64% used their tablets.
  • While there was probably no surprise that 85% of people over 15 years of age used the internet, it was revealing that 51% of the elders of Australia (65 years of age or older) were using the internet for an average of 7 hours a week.
  • While an internet user’s gender doesn’t play much of a difference, the level of education of individuals does, giving a dominant place to those having a bachelor degree or above, with 23% more than those who are unemployed (the affordable cost of connection could play a big part in this differential).

For more information, you can see the graphs and text in the document “8146.0 – Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2014-15” on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

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