When you discuss about the role of internet among the Kiwis you will be surprised to know what their habit say when they think of using the internet and how their attitudes are changing as the technology evolves.
The World Internet Project New Zealand survey which is carried out every two years by AUT researchers at the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication has revealed some interesting facts. According to this survey 39 per cent of Kiwis think they are using the internet as a pro The survey involves talking to 1377 New Zealanders and gave these 10 researched and proven facts about what Kiwis think about the internet
1. Five percentage of Kiwis never used the internet
Do not be surprised that 5 per cent of Kiwis have never used the internet. Yes there are people who never ever used the internet. They do not know what Facebook is or what is Google all about. There are also another 3 per cent of Kiwis who consider themselves ex-users. This means they were using the internet but now are no more interested.
2. Few people have internet at homes
Only 20 percent people have internet at homes. In the past year the sign up rates of internet increased by 135 per cent and now more than 162,000 homes are enjoying the internet at blazing speeds. But still only 20 per cent of people have switched to using the internet at home which is a low average. You might think that either it is the price that makes the per centage low or their privacy factor.
3. Connections fees of broadband are at subsidized rates
An ADSL normal broadband internet plan costs just over $100 a month for unlimited amounts of data and you get a maximum download speed of 10Mbs. A fibre plans costs about the same for unlimited data but your download speed is 100Mbs. If you live in Dunedin, you can get the same deal but get 1000Mbs download speeds. The cost of connecting fibre from the street to your home is currently subsidized by a fund that has a limited amount of money. One can expect those connection fees to increase.
4. There are reasons why few homes have internet
Few homes have internet. Maybe because the contractors have focused on hooking up the smaller towns first when it comes to internet fibre connections. Sixteen towns and cities have been completed, but in the big three cities, the story is entirely different. In Auckland, only 43 per cent of the city’s homes are able to be connected while in Wellington it is 41 per cent. Christchurch does a little bit better with 56 per cent. Maybe people in small towns don’t value high-speed internet as much as those in big cities Or perhaps people just don’t need to stream the latest video any faster than they do already
5. Internet is used more at offices
Most Common place for use of Internet is office or home. According to survey 50 per cent of Kiwis use the internet for more than three hours a day and the most common place for internet is their home and then their work place. With companies like Spark and Vodafone having 71 per cent of the ISP market share. The two companies dominate New Zealand followed by Slingshot (7 per cent), Orcon (4 per cent) and 2degrees (3 per cent). Several others make up the remaining 12 per cent.
6. Many Kiwis are stressed if they do not find internet
40 % of Kiwis admit to feeling stressed when they cannot get online, and they feel pangs of anxiousness when they cannot access internet. Aucklanders are the most likely to feel anxious when they can’t get online, with 47 percent of the city-slickers getting antsy. Otago residents are the least worried, with only 23 percent feeling anxious when not connected to the world wide web. Aucklanders are also more likely to spend hours in front of a screen, at an average of 3.7 hours per day. This adds up to around 26 hours per week. Where as Cantabrians are the least connected of the regions, averaging 2.7 hours per day. However women may need more of an internet fix than men, with 41 percent feeling more anxious than men, 38 percent, after being away from the internet.
7. Kiwis love to socialize in Web but feel guilty
40 percent of those aged under 29 year spend more time socialising online then they do face-to-face. Though 40 percent of younger generation spend more time online with their friend they also admit that their internet habits are negatively affecting their relationships. “Ten percent of New Zealanders say that the amount of time they are spending online is negatively impacting their relationships,” says Canstar New Zealand general manager Jose George. They feel guilty about how long they spend online, but aren’t motivated enough to change it, the study says. This varies between regions, with those in Waikato feeling most guilty, 30 percent, compared with Wellingtonians who seem less bothered at only 20 percent. This is more of a problem for women, with 23 percent admitting to it compared with 19 percent of men. If this doesn’t seem worrying, 41 percent of Kiwis claim they waste time surfing the internet for lack of better things to do.
8. Few Kiwis have smartwatches
Only 4 per cent of Kiwis have a smartwatch. Where as only 4 percent of Kiwis use smartwatch the survey found that 71 percent of those aged between 18 and 29 are most likely to jump on their digital devices if the day is feeling a little dull. Also, smart TVs (36 per cent) are almost as popular as gaming consoles (44 per cent). Only 20 per cent own e-readers.
9. Kiwis love social sites like Facebook and Youtube videos
Kiwis love Facebook and YouTube. 44 per cent of Kiwis use Facebook while 27 per cent use YouTube. Instagram comes in at 10 per cent followed by Twitter on 9 per cent. The most popular activity is still browsing the web, followed by using social media.
10. Kiwis are least concerned about online privacy
Kiwis worry about companies more than the government. It has been found that 42 per cent are concerned about privacy violations by corporations compared to 29 per cent worried about the government. 41 per cent of Kiwis say privacy doesn’t exist online However, 68 per cent are active in trying to protect their online privacy.
Also the survey revealed that 29 per cent of Kiwis have had a virus on their computer. Also, 40 per cent have been contacted by someone online asking for banking or personal details. Only 4 per cent have had credit card details stolen online.
Overall it was found that 39 per cent of Kiwis are smart at using the internet. The Netflix-loving people are far from alone, with 66 percent of Kiwis who currently subscribe to a paid video-streaming service choosing Netflix over any others. The next biggest Kiwi subscriber is Lightbox, attracting 32 percent of Kiwis with a paid service, and Sky TV’s Neon only 6 percent.
In terms of the best broadband providers, 2Degrees received five stars for overall satisfaction with their services. This includes value for money, customer service, network performance and clarity of contract terms. The main driver for satisfaction for broadband providers is customer service, with 29 percent of Kiwis concerned about this, followed by 24 percent concerned about value for money and network performance.