Are You the Typical Net User?

The typical Australian Web user is young, wealthy and educated, according to a study on Internet use commissioned by Telstra.

The study, carried out by University of Canberra's National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (Natsem), found that Australians who had Bachelors degrees were at least twice as likely to be connected to the Web as those without.

Furthermore, Australians earning more than $84,000 a year were three times as likely to be connected to the Web than those earning less than $22,000, Natsem found.

The report also said that those under 55 years old were twice as likely to be hooked up to the Web as those over 55.

Natsem said in a statement that demographic data such as this saw a greater differentiation in Internet use than geographical data.

However, the university centre said non-metropolitan areas had much lower connection rates than metropolitan areas. Natsem attributed this divide to the lower incomes and lower levels of education typical of non-metropolitan areas - not their geographic location.

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