FILIPINOS spend an average of 554 minutes or 9 hours and 14 minutes every day browsing the internet. File Photo



Filipinos spend an average of 554 minutes or 9 hours and 14 minutes every day browsing the internet, placing them third behind South Africans and Brazilians, according to a virtual private network app provider.

Atlas VPN reported that based on data it gathered in 2022, the global daily average for internet usage was 397 minutes (6 hours and 37 minutes). That translates to around 2,415 hours yearly, or nearly 30 percent of an average person’s time, Atlas VPN said.

Ranked number one were South Africans, described by the report as the “most internet-addicted,” averaging 578 minutes (9 hours and 38 minutes) spent online each day, or three hours more than the global average.

Brazilians came in second with 572 minutes (9 hours and 32 minutes).

Ranking right below Filipinos are Argentinians and Colombians, both with 541 minutes (9 hours and 1 minute).

Other countries whose population spend an above-average amount of time online are the United States with 419 minutes (6 hours and 59 minutes) which is practically the same as those living in Singapore. Canadians spend slightly less time with an average of 395 minutes (6 hours and 35 minutes).

East Asian countries have one of the lowest average daily internet usage. In China, people spend 325 minutes (5 hours and 25 minutes) online, followed by South Korea at 321 minutes (5 hours and 21 minutes), and Japan with only 225 minutes (3 hours and 45 minutes).

In contrast, Taiwan has an average daily internet usage time of 434 minutes (7 hours and 14 minutes).

Atlas VPN said European countries spend significantly less time online than the global average. Austrians logged 322 minutes (5 hours and 22 minutes), while Germans had 312 minutes (5 hours and 12 minutes). Denmark has the least amount of time staying online with 298 minutes (4 hours and 58 minutes).

Despite the world’s daily internet browsing, time spent online was actually lower by 4.8 percent or 20 minutes than in 2021 as the world gradually recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, the report said.