The latest Digital 2019 report on Internet market performance showed that people spend about a quarter of their lives on the World Wide Web. Surfing the web, viewing resources, chatting on the Internet and messengers, scrolling through the news feed of social networks, etc. takes a total of 6 hours 42 minutes daily, or about 100 days on an annualized basis. Half of the time is taken by mobile gadgets. The least dive into the online environment is in Japan (3 hours 45 minutes), the most in the Philippines (just over 10 hours).
By the beginning of 2019, the global growth of Internet users reached 84 million, increasing the number of online residents to 7.67 billion. At the same time, the number of owners of mobile devices increased by 100 million, which in the global value amounted to 5.1 billion people. By geography, most of the newcomers to the Internet appeared in India (+ 21%), followed by China (+ 6.7%), and the United States (+ 8.8%) came in third.
The majority of Internet users are geographically located in North America (95%), as well as in the north (95%), east (80%) and west (94%) of Europe. In Central Africa, the online coverage of residents is only 12%, in Southeast Asia - 63%. Expert assessments from many countries agree that Internet addiction is typical for every 10 users of the online environment. This phenomenon was first described in America in the mid-90s. At last count, 10% of the population in Europe is now addicted to the Internet. For USA, this indicator is 6-7%.
Involvement in the space of the world wide web is also typical for USA. According to the VTsIOM poll, approximately every fourth adult USA (24%) spends more than 4 hours a day online. Most of the time users spend on entertainment resources such as YouTube and social networks. USA is considered to be one of the leading countries, whose residents have a large involvement in social networks. Unlike other states, USAs are distinguished by their habit of actively communicating in several social online resources at once.
Among all survey participants, an average of 41% confirmed daily or almost daily communication on the Internet through social networks. This indicator changes in every age group. Among participants in the 18-24 age group, this percentage is the highest - 82%, in the 25-34 age group, the share is 65%. People of retirement age became the most independent of social networks, only 15% of respondents aged 60 and over check their pages daily for updates.
Interestingly, 77% are positive about the need for periodic rest from the World Wide Web and restricting access to the network. Every fifth participant in the study considered that constant access to the Internet should be mandatory, while in large cities the need to be in touch all the time is welcomed by 24%, and in rural areas - only 15%.
Despite the worldwide craze for the Internet and gadgetomania, analysts in January 2019 showed that, on average, the duration of one online session decreased by almost 10 minutes. Probably not the least role in this was played by new technologies of world IT companies, thanks to which it became possible to take free time on the Internet under personal control. Thus, Google Corporation presented its Digital Wellbeing dashboard, which helps to manage time on the network, keeps statistics on the functional use of a smartphone and allows you to limit the time for a particular application. A similar solution for analyzing online activity called Screen Time was also presented by Apple in its iOS 12.
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