Is the internet taking over your life?

A new survey of 10,348 Australians has revealed that, in comparison to two years ago, the average person is spending an extra 22 days per year online.

The research, carried out by independent research agency Evolve Research on behalf of NBN Co, is expected to help the company understand where and how users are going online and for how long.

The significant rise in time spent by Australians accessing the internet is largely due to increased accessibility to the internet through smartphones and tablets. There has been a surge in multitasking, with three quarters of respondents admitting to using the internet while watching TV; one-third while cooking, and a smaller percentage admitting to being online while on the toilet.

More users than ever before are viewing the internet just before they fall asleep and immediately as they wake and a quarter of respondents admitted to accessing the internet when they wake up during the night.

Are you using the internet more than before? Do you reach for your phone first thing in the morning?


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Drew Patchell
Drew Patchell
Drew Patchell was the Digital Operations Manager of YourLifeChoices. He joined YourLifeChoices in 2005 after completing his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport.
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