In a world where we’re never too far from a free wifi location, the social media giant Facebook has 2.23 billion active monthly users and our mobile phones are used for just about everything from counting our steps to paying for lunch, leading price comparison website Compare the Market have conducted their study to discover which nations are the most obsessed with being online. But, have you ever truly considered how long you think you could last without access to the internet?
Always Online Study
As more and more corners of the globe gain access to the world wide web, individuals suffering from online addiction disorders are emerging across nations in their thousands. In June 2018, the NHS announced that they were looking into opening the first internet addiction clinic to help those suffering with gaming disorders. Studies have also shown how smartphone addiction could be changing our brains and that 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices.
The Always Online study reveals that, unsurprisingly, Americans are the most internet addicted citizens in the world with over three-quarters (76%) of the population logging online regularly. There are 1.23 mobile subscriptions per person and over half a million free Wifi locations in the USA, but how does the rest of the world measure up?
Check out the full list of the world’s 15 most internet addicted nations:
In Macao, China, there are over three times as many phones as people as the average person here has 3.22 mobile phone subscriptions – that could be anything from a couple of mobile phones to their iPad or tablet. In a city built for the internet, you would expect that access to the internet would be free and simple… The data reveals that in Macao there are just 292 free Wifi spots, that’s fewer than Luxembourg (1,160), Bahrain (4,034) and Denmark (8,013).
Compare the Market also looked at the number of internet users in each of the world’s 15 most internet addicted countries to reveal who has the highest percentage of their population accessing the online world. Bahrain and Luxembourg both take the crown with 98% of their populations using the internet whilst Denmark follows closely behind and has the second highest percentage of their population accessing the internet (97%). The UK rounds off the top three with 95% of the population using the internet, that’s more than Hong Kong (87%) and the USA (76%) – countries notorious for being leaps and bounds ahead in technology and connectivity.
Accompanying the study on global connectivity, Compare the Market also surveyed over 2,000 respondents from the UK to uncover which regions of the country have come to rely on access to the internet the most.
Once analysed, the survey results show that Northern Ireland is the most internet addicted nation in the UK with 58% of the region admitting they feel that they spend too much time online. When asked if they …read more