Study says Pinoys spend most time online

MANILA, Philippines - With about 60 million people or 58% of the population having access to the Internet, the Philippines proves to be the top country when it comes to spending time online and on social media. That’s based on a report prepared by social media consultancy We Are Social and the social media management platform Hootsuite titled "Digital in 2017 Global Overview.”

Study says Pinoys spend most time online

According to the report, Pinoys tend to stay online specifically for 8 hours and 59 minutes every day on average. The figure proves to be the highest in the world followed by Brazil at 8 hours and 55 minutes; Thailand at 8 hours and 49 minutes; and Indonesia at 8 hours and 43 minutes. On the other hand, Japanese tend to spend the shortest time online at 4 hours and 6 minutes every day.

If you ask Pinoys why they think they spend the most time online, they’ll probably tell you that it’s caused by slow internet connection in the Philippines. The idea is not far-fetched since at 4.2 Mbps, the country’s internet connection speed remains below the 6.3 Mbps global average.

When it comes to use of social media, more than half of the country or 58% has a monthly active account on Facebook, making it rank above the global average of 37%. Pinoys spend an average of 4 hours and 17 minutes on social media. Brazil came in second spending an average of 3 hours and 43 minutes, while Argentina ranked third at 3 hours and 32 minutes.

The report also revealed more than half of the world’s population or 3.75 billion people now use the Internet. In fact, the number of internet users grow by 8% every year. Also, more than half of all online traffic now comes from mobile.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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