Posted November 13, 2018 06:20:26 The internet is full of pictures of adorable animals with their heads turned away from the camera.
But for Australians, the selfie stick is here to stay, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealing that one in four people are using it as their primary means of communication.
With more than two million people using it per day, the stick has the potential to change the way we talk and interact with each other.
“There are now more than one million people in the country who have a selfie stick in their possession,” ABS data analyst Michelle Kallman said.
“The uptake is definitely there.”
It’s a trend that’s not lost on Ms Kallmann, who said Australians have always had a love of the camera, even if it’s a camera they have to put down.
“For a lot of people it’s more a part of who they are than it is a product,” she said.
Photo: Andrew Meares In a new study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Ms Kestler looked at the use of devices that let people keep in touch through voice, gesture and body language, among other activities.
“What we find is that Australians are increasingly using these devices in an attempt to stay connected with family and friends, and to stay updated on news and events,” Ms Kalton said.
Ms Kalls study found that Australians use social media more than any other group, but their usage of these devices is still fairly low.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to look at the data for this large group of people, and the results are interesting,” she added.
“It’s a very small proportion of the population that are using these apps, but they’re definitely a growing group of users.”
Ms Kalla said that while some of these apps might be useful to older Australians, she’s not surprised by how many people are now using them.
“I don’t think people expect that the smartphone is going to replace a tablet, but it is,” she explained.
“We have this amazing platform where people can do everything from communicating on the phone to meeting friends and family on Facebook, and it’s so much more.”
Ms Kartell said the trend will likely only increase over the next five years.
“One of the big reasons we see a lot more use of these products is because they are mobile-friendly,” she noted.
“They are more accessible to the masses.”
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While some may find the use for social media useful, many of the apps are designed to work with Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
While it’s true that Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular social networks in Australia, it also uses similar tools, including WhatsApp and WhatsApp+ and FaceTime, as well as some messaging apps, such the Apple Mail app and Instagram Stories.
In addition, users may also use apps such as Instagram Stories to share their favourite photos and videos.
Photo by Andrew Meames.
“These apps allow users to create a virtual space where they can share with others what they are doing and sharing with them, and they are really designed to let people do that on a daily basis,” Ms Kartel said.
The study also found that older Australians tend to be more likely to use these apps for social communication.
“Younger people are much more likely than older people to engage in social media, and in that sense, it seems like older Australians are less likely to have used social media in the past,” Ms Karallll said.
“[This] is a really interesting trend for us to look into because there are still a lot fewer Australians that are living in the 21st century.”
In fact, while the majority of Australians aged between 16 and 24 use social networking apps at least once a month, just 3.7 per cent of adults aged 65 and over do, according to research by Ipsos.
But with so many apps out there, what are the best ones to use?
“These are the apps that we can all look forward to using on a regular basis,” she suggested.
“And in the end, it is what we have on our phones that is our most important tool, and I think we all use our phones the same way.”