The Networked Home

The introduction of the internet into the everyday family household has changed the way that many of the spaces within the house are used and in turn how technology is used. The overall communication methods within a household have also changed due to the introduction of the internet and other forms of technology. All family members are entwined together through the internet, where they become available to 24/7 availability and also the opportunity to connect to one another outside the house.

Internet access has become a must wherever we are – at home, in a café or even shopping. What’s interesting to look is the responses people give when they are no longer able to access the internet, almost like they have cut off a limb. For example, the other day I forgot to bring my phone with me, and yes this may seem petty but I felt isolated and also vulnerable. The connection people make with others using the internet is important this day and age even if the connection itself is through a phone.

Not only are we using the internet to connect to one another, but we are also using it to change the way that we take in traditional forms of media.  For example, about 2.7 million Australians are estimated to watch Netflix and other services over traditional broadcast free to air television which doesn’t require the internet connection. This definitely shows that many people are now looking to the internet for their daily dose of TV show binge watching, whether it be on the couch in front of the TV, in your room through a computer or on the phone. Especially 13 – 24-year-olds who’s digital entertainment is habits are mainly sites like Netflix and YouTube.

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Our growing use of the internet also leads down the path of an increased use of data being used. The rollout of the Australian national broadband has factored in the growth in downloads – however, the quality and speed of the connections obviously differ depending on where your living and the quality of the wires and their connection. However, the NBN is only being introduced to a minority of places in Australia  so you have to be somewhat lucky to get it and even then it takes a ridiculous amount of times to actually connect to it and in turn use it.

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