Fast broadband changing Australian lifestyles

Fast broadband changing Australian lifestyles

91.4 per cent of respondents claim to have tried a new activity over Internet connections in last year

Faster broadband speeds and bigger download quotas are altering our online habits, according to broadband comparison website, Compare Broadband.

A survey of 309 respondents showed 91.4 per cent had tried a new activity over their Internet connections in the last year; only 53 respondents said they had not changed their Internet habits over the last 12 months.

The survey also indicated that 26 per cent of respondents had begun downloading movies and music online.

Streaming TV services, such as ABC iView, akso grew in popularity, taking 20 per cent of the vote; 17 per cent of respondents had started playing online games.

Listening to online radio ranked the fourth most popular new activity on the Web, with 15 per cent of votes. VoIP and video calls collected about 14 per cent.

Compare Broadband spokesperson, Jesse Somer, said people are turning to faster broadband and higher data quotas as they move away from TV and radio to retrieve the content online instead.

"It just goes to show the Internet is opening all kinds of doors for people, thus enhancing their lifestyles in different ways," he stated.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the total volume of data downloaded by Australians has increased by a third since 2010.

The bureau said that the increasing popularity of streaming video and radio online could account for some of the rise.

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