Technology is transforming Christmas, according to a recent NBN report.
The new research by NBN found technology is changing the way people plan, create and connect with each other over the holiday season.
Internet usage is expected to surge by 30 per cent this December, compared to December 2015.
Digital futurist, Chris Riddell tells Fairfax Media why he believes there will be a surge and talks about some common concerns.
“The 30% surge that we’re seeing online is due to technology like NBN being more widely used then ever before. A better internet connection like NBN is like gas, water and electricity and it is a crucial part of our lives now,” he said.
“If we look at Christmas, because of technology now you can share that day with friends and family through video in real time. I think technology is helping us to have christmas in a new way,” Mr Riddell said.
However, the digital futurist said Christmas traditions will remain the same.
“The whole notion of putting up the Christmas tree will remain and has for hundreds of years. What technology will do is change the bits around Christmas. Instead of managing a ridiculous day and worrying about family and friends that can’t be there, you can do it now through the internet,” Mr Riddell said.
Other reasons for the surge may be because of the option to purchase online now, as well as the different gifts available with more advanced gadgets being released every year.
While purchasing online can be faster and easier, people have concerns about security.
“People do worry about technology, if it’s going to invade privacy. I would make sure when you buy anything, that it is from a credible business and when purchasing online to have antivirus software. Also, to only put your credit card details into an authentic website. If you’re unsure, ask your bank. Our banks in Australia are some of the best in the world,” he said.
He also noted there are public concerns about technology taking time away from outdoor activities, but this doesn’t have to be the case.
“Pokémon Go is a good example of a game that got people out and about and running in the streets doing physical exercise. People still want to do stuff and have experiences online and offline. In 2017 we’re going to see a huge uprise in the joint online and offline space,” he said.
“Picking up pace is Pokémon because we saw the augmented reality version earlier this year. What that’s done is reinvigorate a surge and demand for Pokémon toys and offline gifts as well,” Mr Riddell said.