Australians waste two months each year using technology

Australians waste two months each year using technology

Media release: Monday 6 January 2014

Australia’s newest online education provider, Open Training Institute, discovers that Aussies spend 28.5 hours a week using electrical devices, equating to 62 days per year. With many people feeling like they wasted their spare time in 2013, Open Training Institute reveals how you can use technology to your advantage in 2014.


 

Research from Open Training Institute has revealed the average Australian spends a staggering 28 and-a-half hours a week of their spare time using electronic devices. That’s the equivalent to 62 days, or nine weeks every year.

It’s perhaps no surprise that using social media was one of the biggest time drains, with the average Australian admitting they spend almost an hour a day on the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

That’s over 15.7 million hours dedicated to social media websites every day across Australia.

With so much time being spent using technology, almost 40 per-cent of Australians feel they wasted their spare time in 2013 and 81 per-cent are hoping to find new ways to use those precious hours more productively in 2014.

The research comes as Open Universities Australia (OUA) launches their latest online education offering, Open Training Institute. Open Training Institute is the wholly owned Vocational Education and Training (VET) subsidiary business of OUA.

Open Training Institute and OUA CEO, Paul Wappett said there is real opportunity for people to make the most of their spare time with something that really matters.

“Our research showed the average Australian spends almost seven hours per week using social media and three-and-a-half hours a week watching videos on YouTube. That’s ample time to study for a qualification online that can help you to advance your career through Open Training Institute.

“52 per-cent of Australians said they wanted to learn something new in 2014. If they can dedicate just half the time they spend on Facebook to an online course, they can earn an industry recognised qualification in as little as a few months,” Wappett said.

According to Wappett, OUA saw a great need in the market for a quality online education option for those wishing to study nationally recognised training certificates and diplomas.

“We estimate about four million students are enrolled in vocational education in Australia each year. However until now, there has not been a high quality option for people who wished to gain a nationally recognised training qualification in flexible formats online.

Australia’s newest online education provider, Open Training Institute, discovers that Aussies spend 28.5 hours a week using electrical devices, equating to 62 days per year. With many people feeling like they wasted their spare time in 2013, Open Training Institute reveals how you can use technology to your advantage in 2014.

Open Training Institute will offer a range of nationally recognised training qualifications with a focus on high-demand online business certificates and diplomas.

“We offer online courses that provide real skills to help people begin, retain or progress in their chosen careers,” said Wappett.

The courses are recognised by Australian employers, training organisations (including TAFE) and universities. The online offering covers a variety of industries including marketing, management and human resources, and each is designed with the real workplace in mind to maximise employment outcomes.

“Our research also told us that 88 per-cent of Australians feel technology has made their life more convenient,” Wappett said.

Open Training Institute is embracing this convenience to offer education and learning on a platform that fits easily within the busy lifestyle of their students.

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Notes to Editors

About Open Training Institute
Open Training Institute is the wholly owned Vocational Education and Training (VET) subsidiary business of Open Universities Australia. It offers a range of nationally accredited online business certificates and diplomas, recognised by Australian employers, training organisations (including TAFE) and universities.

About Open Universities Australia
Owned by seven of Australia’s premier universities, OUA is the national leader in quality online tertiary education. Enrolling more than 250,000 students since 1993, OUA provides access to qualifications taught by leading Australian universities. Visit www.open.edu.au.

Open Training Institute 2013 Time Wasting Research Overview
• The Open Training Institute 2013 Time Wasting research was conducted by independent research body Lonergan Research.
• Over 1,000 Australians aged 18 years and over were surveyed online in the study.
• Respondents included a mix of males and females from all states, representative of the Australian population spread.