Main form of communication

Nov 11, 2014

Q. What is the main way you communicate with friends and family? 

 

Total

 

Men

Women

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Mobile phone

33%

39%

28%

34%

37%

26%

Text messages

21%

18%

24%

37%

17%

9%

Landline phone

20%

18%

21%

3%

20%

39%

Email

10%

11%

9%

5%

9%

18%

Facebook

9%

6%

11%

12%

10%

4%

Letter

*

*

*

*

Twitter

*

*

*

Other

4%

5%

4%

5%

5%

3%

Not sure

2%

2%

2%

3%

2%

1%

33% mainly use mobile phone to communicate with friends and family, 21% mainly use text messages and 20% mainly use landlines.

Women are more likely than men to use text messages (24% to 18%) and Facebook (11% to 6%) while men are more likely to use mobiles (39% to 28%).

By age groups – those aged under 35 are most likely to use text messages (37%) and mobiles (34%), those aged 35-54 are most likely to use mobiles (37%) and those aged 55+ most likely to use landlines (39%).

Changes in communication

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Compared with two years ago, has your use of the following means of communication increased or decreased?  

 

Total increase

Total decrease

 

Increase a lot

Increase a little

Stayed much the same

Decrease a little

Decrease a lot

Not sure

Don’t use

Mobile
phone

41%

8%

16%

25%

46%

5%

3%

1%

4%

Text
message

41%

10%

18%

23%

42%

6%

4%

1%

6%

Email

34%

14%

10%

24%

50%

10%

4%

1%

1%

Facebook

30%

11%

12%

18%

32%

6%

5%

1%

26%

Twitter

7%

7%

2%

5%

16%

3%

4%

2%

68%

Landline
phone

8%

42%

1%

7%

40%

17%

25%

1%

10%

Letter

3%

41%

1%

2%

25%

9%

32%

1%

29%

41% say they have increased their usage of mobile phones and text messages. 34% have increased usage of email and 30% increased usage of Facebook.

42% say they have decreased use of the landline and 41% have decreased usage of letters.

Opinion of NBN

Feb 14, 2011

Q. From what you’ve heard, do you favour or oppose the planned national broadband network (NBN)?

27 Sep 2010 14 Feb 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total favour 56% 48% 65% 30% 71%
Total oppose 18% 31% 12% 55% 13%
Strongly favour 27% 19% 30% 8% 38%
Favour 29% 29% 35% 22% 33%
Oppose 12% 16% 8% 26% 8%
Strongly oppose 6% 15% 4% 29% 5%
Don’t know 26% 22% 22% 15% 15%

48% favour the planned national broadband network and 31% oppose. This represents a significant drop in support for the NBN since this question was asked in September last year.

By age, under 35’s favour the NBN by 46%/23% but those aged 55+ are split 42%/42%.

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