According to the Sensis e-business report, more than four in 10 Australians used mobile internet, and mainly at home or at work where they may have access to a computer.
Australians are said to be accessing mobile web at work or at home (both 42%), followed by when they are in transit (30%) and when they are out and about (10%).
The report also suggests children are using the internet earlier with 26% starting at five years or younger, up two percentage points over the year. The most frequent age children start using the internet is between six and 10 years (46%).
Despite the increase, the supervision of children on the internet declined during the year.
67% of Australian households with children said they supervised their children on the internet, down from 72% last year. The use of internet content filters increased though, up eight percentage points to 39% of households with children.
According to the study the most popular activities Australians use mobile internet for are:
- looking for maps and directions (67%)
- looking for weather information (64%)
- browsing new sites (59%)
- looking for products and services (56%)
- using a social network site (56%)
- checking sports results (46%)
- looking for suppliers (45%)
- downloading a mobile app (42%)
- using a satellite navigation (40%)
- downloading video content (35%)