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Australian Technology Statistics, Screen Time, & Trends

Australia loves technology with some surprising statistics. Budgets are expanding, ensuring Australians are up to date with the latest technology. Let’s examine how many Australians are hooked on technology.

Top Statistics 

  • In Australia, there were 23.60 million internet users in January 2022.
  • At the beginning of 2022, 91.0 percent of all Australians had access to the internet.
  • Between 2021 and 2022, there was an increase of 777 thousand (+3.4 percent) internet users in Australia.
  • 51% of kids use a device every night, with 90% of kids using one in the hour before bed at least once a week.
  • According to Okla’s recent research, Australia’s median mobile internet connection speed grew by 16.29 Mbps (+25.1%).
  • At the beginning of 2022, there was 82.7 percent of the population in Australia using social media.

How Australians use their smartphones

79% of Australians check their phone in bed55% of Australians have texted someone in the same room as them
78.5% of Australians check their phone within 10 minutes of waking up53% of Australians say they wouldn’t be able to continue their day-to-day life if they lost their smartphone
75% of Australians sleep with their phone next to them48% of Australians experience anxiety if they leave their phone at home
67% of Australians say they find themselves scrolling mindlessly throughout the day47% of Australians say they feel anxious if their phone battery drops below 20%
64% of Australians check their phone while streaming a movie or TV show,42% of Australians say they’ve never gone 24 hours without their phone
60% of Australians check their phone when on the toilet24% of Australians check their phone on a date
56% of Australians say they couldn’t last a week without their phone19% of Australians say they check their phone while driving

Information source: Reviews.org

Australias top 5 Social Media by Use

Facebook18,000,000 Active users
      Youtube17,500.000 Active Users
WhatsApp12,000,000 Active Users
Instagram10,000,000 Active Users
      LinkedIn6,500,000 Active users

Analysis shows that between 2021 and 2022, the number of social media users in Australia rose by 950,000 (+4.6%).

Information source Datareportal

Australian Facebook Demographic by Age

Information source ROI

Australian’s Interest in Smart Speakers

The study also discovered that 24% of smart speaker owners had three or more of these devices in their homes, with the average number increasing from 1.7 in 2020 to 1.9 this year. 

Additionally, more than six in ten intend to purchase another smart speaker soon. With Google smart speakers (Nest) being the most searched, then Amazon and Siri.

According to reports, 5.6 million Australians, or 26% of the population, currently own a smart speaker, up from the reported 17% in 2020.  Among them, (67%) say they use the speaker every day, and 88% say they use it once a week.

A new study, the majority of Australians who own smart speakersβ€”one in fourβ€”use them to play music from internet services and the radio.

The latest research from the Smart Audio Report, produced by Edison Research and Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), sought to discover how smart speakers are used by the increasing number of consumers who own them. 

Information source Google trends CMO

Australian Smart Home Statistics

3.8 million more connected smart home users have been added to the market each month. 

These users have direct or indirect connections to gadgets with internet capabilities. This includes people using smart home automation systems for remote monitoring and device control.

By 2026, 7.8 billion households are anticipated to have smart homes. 

Homes that have these capabilities can connect, watch, and control specific processes. Smart homes are growing in popularity as they provide convenience and utility to many Australian households.

The smart home market’s age breakdown reveals that 27.8% of users are between the ages of 25 and 34. Users of smart homes tend to be older, with those between the ages of 55 and 64 constituting the smallest age group. 

Young people are more interested in smart homes than older generations. The number of people actively utilising smart homes has been stable since 2015

22 million connected users made up the Smart Home market in 2022.

Smart Home Market Share by Product Category

Information source Renub research

Sleep and technology

With the increase in technology, there has also been an increase of Insonmia searches of 48% in 5 years, with 1 in 10 Australians experiencing insomnia at least once in their life. It’s not necessarily correlated but an interesting fact. 1.2 million Australians suffer from a sleep disorder like insomnia or sleep apnea.

Recent years have seen a significant increase in the popularity of smartphone apps like Sleep Cycle and Sleep Time+, which currently rank among the top 10 paid health and fitness apps in the Apple App Store.

These applications track your movement while you sleep using the accelerometer integrated into your Android or iPhone, which allows them to calculate your sleep duration and quality. 

See the latest collection of sleep statistics.

Information source Sleep Health Foundation

eHealth tracker/smartwatch usage by brand in Australia in 2022

eHealth and smartwatches can provide valuable information for the wearer. Still, when it comes to monitoring sleep, some doctors are skeptical regarding the information being correlated by the devices.

When it comes to sleep and technology, monitoring your slumbers could have the opposite effect as anxiety builds. This is a recognised state by doctors. According to a Connectivity and Mobile Trends survey:

39% of participants have a smartwatch. 

Typically the applications in the past are to aid people in getting active, losing weight, and beating their personal best in the upcoming event. However, more people are utilising smartwatches to keep an eye on their health.

Information source Delloite Statista

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