5 Digital Trends Transforming the Way We Use the Internet

5 Digital Trends Transforming the Way We Use the Internet

Gone are the days when we’d pull out an encyclopaedia or go to a library to do research or find the answer to a mind boggling question. Now we just ‘Google it’.

How we find and consume information has evolved immensely since the era of internet. These five statistics about how we search for information online and use our devices to stay connected may just blow your mind.


10.7 million Internet users in Australia go online more than once a day

We are more connected to the online world than ever before with 9 in 10 adult Australians getting digital in a range of ways from social and work interactions to business transactions, research and shopping.




Almost seven out of 10 Australians use three or more devices to access the internet

Mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers and desktops are the most commonly used devices to access the internet. We are increasingly using multiple devices to go online and 68% of Australians use three or more devices to access the internet daily!




An estimated 12.5 million adult Australians go online with a mobile phone

An increasing number of people are opting to use portable smart devices like mobile phones and tablets to go online. This year, mobile beat desktop in searches on Google for day-to-day internet needs – from browsing to shopping. This trend is expected to continue to dominate online activity.



79% of people aged 18-44 have their smartphones with them 22 hours a day

That’s more hours than most people are awake each day! 80% of smartphone users check social media on their phone first thing in the morning and last thing before going to bed. Other common times we check our smartphones include – commuting, during work, lunchtime and after work or in the evening.



61% of internet users make a purchase or order goods/services over the internet

This represents 9.7 million Australians! The most popular purchases we make online include leisure, travel, appliances, electrical and fashion. Age also has a big impact on online purchasing—the age groups between 25 and 54 are the most likely to buy online.



Each of these statistics represent that we have become more deeply connected to the internet through our smartphones and devices than ever before! We are social networking, shopping, banking and researching online and we’re doing it on the go! That’s why having a digital presence is a game changer for how business owners can reach more people. Comment below and tell us how digital is making an impact to your business!

Nishtha Handa

Nishtha is the Content Marketing Manager at ReachLocal. She has experience in digital marketing, social media management, and content creation for small and medium businesses. She specialises in guiding businesses to improve their social media and digital marketing. When she's not writing about online marketing or researching the latest digital tips and trends, she's planning her next holiday destination, baking a cake or binge watching Netflix.

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