The number of South Africans aged 16 and upwards who are online is rising, with 65% of the country now connected, up from 63% in 2016. While behind the global average of 82%, South Africa is ahead of other African nations including Nigeria (63%) and Keyna (53%).

This information comes courtesy of Google’s┬áConnected Consumer Study for 2017, which was released today. The study also reveals that the average age of South Africans online is lower than the global average, with 60% of them aged below 35 years.

Unsurprisingly, the devices most South Africans use to access the internet is a smartphone; 69% of consumers say they go online using a mobile device and smartphone usages has jumped pretty significantly in the last three years, going from 47% of the population to 60% this year. Most South Africans also say that they spend the lion’s share of their time online on social media.

The study also reveals that online shopping is a growing market, with 2.5 million South Africans reporting that they regular buy goods from online stores.

You can read the full report over on Google’s Consumer Barometer site.