Kiwi internet habits revealed… Have you looked in the online mirror recently?

Find out why when it comes to internet habits, folk from Auckland and the Bay of Plenty are polar opposites…

Prying eyes?

A small number of Kiwis (6%) have owned up to looking at their partner’s browser history, and the younger generation are the most likely to try to keep track of their partner’s online habits (13%) compared to smaller numbers of Gen Xs (9%) and Baby Boomers (3%).


Furthermore, a quarter of Aucklanders regularly download music and videos that they don’t pay for, and the same amount spend a large amount of their time streaming movies online.

“This seems to also be a common trend among 18-29 year olds with 43% regularly downloading music and videos for free, while nearly half (48%) stream a lot of movies online,” Bonnar adds.

“It is much less common amongst Baby Boomers who undoubtedly have acquired large CD and DVD collections over the years.”

Beat out boredom

Nearly half (48%) of Aucklanders say they waste a lot of time surfing the net out of boredom but those in the Waikato may be finding other ways to fill their time (25%.)

The internet is also a common boredom suppressor for Gen Ys, with 72% saying they use it to keep busy a lot of the time.

Additionally, 18% of New Zealanders have a naked broadband account, not packaged with a landline.

According to Bonnar, this is most common amongst Gen Ys (38%) as many people this age are in shared living situations where all of them have smart phones, removing the need for a shared landline.

“This year Slingshot have taken out the top spot for Broadband providers, beating out competition like Orcon, Vodafone NZ and Spark, with five star ratings across the board,” he adds.

“Slingshot has done a great job in maintaining their performance, upholding last year’s ratings with full marks across the categories from their very satisfied customers.”

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