Has COVID turned Aussies into couch potatoes?

If you found yourself watching more TV in 2020, you're not alone.

Joe Hanlon
Managing Editor
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December 12, 2020
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Aussies agree that 2020 was a year spent in front of the box, with almost half saying that their daily dose of digital entertainment increased this year compared to 2019.

43% of those surveyed said that they streamed more this year, with most increasing their viewing time from 2-3 hours per day to 3-4 hours. A whopping 35% of respondents estimate that they now watch between 5 and 10 hours of TV each day.

To fuel the binge, most Aussies say they spend between $20 and $30 on streaming service subscriptions every month, including video on demand, podcasts, video calling, and gaming services.

Those aged between 25 and 34 spend the most on streaming, with nearly 20% spending up to $50 per month. When asked if they have kept a subscription that they signed up for during the COVID-19 pandemic, 37% say yes.

Many are also using digital tools and services to stay in touch during the pandemic. 56% of Aussies say they spend more time video calling friends and family than they did last year, and 38% say they increased the time they spend playing online games too.

With screen time up across the board, it seems like the effects of lockdown are still lingering for some Aussies, who still spend more time glued to their screens than last year.

Methodology

We surveyed 1,000 Australians about their thoughts and habits around technology usage in 2020, then analyzed the results to create this report.

Joe Hanlon
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Joe Hanlon
Joe has been reviewing tech and gadgets for over a decade having worked at CNET, TechRadar and telco comparison site WhistleOut.

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