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Achieving the great Aussie way of life

See how technology is transforming the way we spend our time at home, work and play

A new report, Towards a Super Connected Australia, coins the term GenNBN as Australia’s newest and most connected generation, and examines how this generation will overhaul the traditional work-rest-play lifestyle model to better suit their lifestyle needs.

GenNBN will turn the old idea of an ‘eight-hour working day’ on its head with leisure, rest and social interaction time more important than ever before. They will work when, how and from where they want. Whether it is about getting to surf in the morning or make school pick up, they will make technology work for them and their lifestyle.

We’ve already seen the traditional work-rest-play model change with new developments in technology. For example, today when it comes to play, the Australian interest in sport has expanded from conventional to alternative, often embracing extreme or lifestyle sports such as skateboarding and kitesurfing*.

With access to more on-demand content we will watch the programs we want, when we want which may lead to the growth in micro and niche sports such as curling and sumo wrestling.

Respected Aussie demographer and author of Towards a Super Connected Australia, Bernard Salt explains in a world of leisure the new nbn™ technology will most likely fulfil the role of the enabler, in that it will support the communications necessary to retain and enhance our connections with our family and friends.

Bernard Salt says, “This level of super connectedness will help deliver Australians the lifestyle they have always wanted: better connectivity to close the digital divide, enhanced personal relationships and to facilitate the pursuit of new leisure interests.

See how the Australian daily time budget has shifted from 1950 compared to predictions of how we will allocate time in 2020.


* Source: CSIRO Futures Consultancy Report to Australian Sports Commission, The Future of Australian Sport Megatrends shaping the sports sector over coming decades, 2013


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