The Philippines has dethroned Thailand as the world’s heaviest user of the Internet.
Filipinos spend an average of more than 10 hours online a day, a digital survey report showed.
Hootsuite, the leader in social media management, in collaboration with We Are Social, the global socially-led creative agency, on Thursday released its Digital 2019 report, which showed that the Philippines now has strong Internet and mobile usage.
“Internet users in the Philippines upped their average time online to 10 hours and two minutes from nine hours and 29 minutes last year. This inched them past Thailand to become the country that spends the most amount of time online,” the report said.
Mobile Internet also proved to be a popular method of accessing the Internet in the Philippines, with users spending four hours and 58 minutes on mobile Internet, the second highest globally behind Thailand.
Overall, the eighth annual report, which examines digital trends and social media use across 230 countries and territories, uncovered that more than one million new people go online every day, and that 45 percent of the world – nearly 3.5 billion people annually – are logging in to their favorite social platforms.
That’s a near nine percent increase year-over-year despite growing concerns of fake news, fake followers, and data privacy in 2018.
“Despite controversy around privacy, hacking, fake news, and all the other negative aspects of online life, the world continues to embrace the Internet and social media,” said Nathan McDonald, co-founder and Group chief executive
officer of We Are Social. (Madeleine Miraflor)