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In an era dominated by digital connectivity, screen time has become an integral part of our daily lives. As we examine the screen habits of people around the world, it’s fascinating to discover the countries leading the way in total screen time, internet usage via mobiles, and internet usage via computers.

time spent on screens

Total Time Spent on Devices (Desktop + Mobile)

  1. South Africa: 9 hours and 38 minutes
  2. Brazil: 9 hours and 32 minutes
  3. Philippines: 9 hours and 14 minutes
  4. Argentina: 9 hours and 1 minute
  5. Colombia: 9 hours and 1 minute

Earning the title of the world’s most avid internet users, South Africa stands out with a staggering 9 hours and 38 minutes of daily internet usage. Surprisingly, this dedication comes from just 72.3% of the population adopting internet usage. Clearly, those who have embraced the internet in South Africa are thoroughly hooked.

Following closely is Brazil, securing the second spot on our list with an average daily internet usage of 9 hours and 32 minutes. Despite not being known for its lightning-fast internet speed, Brazil’s residents enthusiastically make the most of its benefits, showcasing a resilient tech spirit.

Completing our top three is the Philippines, where individuals dedicate a total of 9 hours and 14 minutes to internet activities each day. The lack of censorship for internet users in this country, coupled with an increased cost of living, likely contributes to Filipino residents spending extensive hours online.

These insights, sourced from, provide a nuanced understanding of screen times by device and activity in each country. Additionally, the calculated percentage of time people spend looking at their devices offers a comprehensive view of digital habits globally. As you read through this, you might wonder: How does your country fare in internet addiction?

time spent on computers

Internet Usage via Computers

  1. South Africa: 4 hours and 25 minutes
  2. Russia: 4 hours and 17 minutes
  3. Brazil: 4 hours and 4 minutes
  4. Argentina: 4 hours and 6 minutes
  5. Colombia: 4 hours and 11 minutes

In terms of computer screen time, South Africa claims the top spot, spending an average of 4 hours and 25 minutes daily. Russia secures the second position, and Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia complete the list. Our methodology, based on data from, ensures accuracy in depicting global digital behaviors. The inclusion of Chile and Czechia adds depth to our understanding.

time spent on mobile

Internet Usage via Mobiles

  1. Philippines: 5 hours and 31 minutes
  2. Brazil: 5 hours and 28 minutes
  3. Thailand: 5 hours and 5 minutes
  4. South Africa: 5 hours and 13 minutes
  5. Indonesia: 4 hours and 53 minutes

When it comes to mobile internet usage, the Philippines takes the lead, dedicating a substantial 5 hours and 31 minutes per day. Brazil and Thailand closely follow, emphasizing the pivotal role mobile devices play in these countries. 

Our methodology, based on data from, ensures accuracy in depicting global digital behaviors.

As we look to the future, our commitment extends beyond these rankings. We’re eager to explore more specific aspects of internet use, including social media engagement, streaming TV habits, educational pursuits like using platforms such as 😉, and the growing phenomenon of vlog watching. Moreover, we’re keenly interested in delving into the impact of screen time on academic performance. 

Stay tuned for upcoming articles that will provide valuable insights into how our digital interactions shape different aspects of our lives.