New Report: Digital Futures - The Internet in Australia24 August, 2008
|By Allison Orr|
This report, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Innovation at the Swinburn University’s Institute for Social Research, presents findings from the first survey undertaken by the Australian component of the World Internet Project.
The main findings show the following:
- The overwhelming majority of Australians are Internet users – almost three-quarters of respondents had used the Internet in the past three months.
- The majority of connections are broadband (just under four in five home connections), however nearly half (four in ten) Australians do not have broadband connections.
- Broadband makes a substantial difference to peoples’ use of the Internet: those with broadband connections use the Internet for longer and for a greater variety of purposes.
- Television watching is greatly affected by Internet use, leading to less TV viewing. Internet users see the Internet as reliable a source of information as newspapers and more so than TV.
Read the full report: The Internet in Australia
This report is an overview of the results. Further papers will be published examining other specific areas.