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Filipinos now heaviest Internet users in the world — report

The Philippines now has the heaviest Internet users in the world, according to a new report.

In the latest Digital 2019 report, the Philippines trumped other countries in Internet use, via any device, with 10 hours and 2 minute average time spent. Brazil and Thailand trails behind with average times of 9 hours and 29 minutes, and 9 hours and 11 minutes, respectively. Out current average internet use increased from the 9 hours and 29-minute score the country received last year in the same report.


If we break this down, however, the country trails behind Thailand in average mobile internet use with only 4 hours and 15 minutes. We’re leading, nonetheless, on PC Internet use with an average of 5 hours and 4 minutes.

We also retain our title of being the social media capital of the world with an average of 4 hours and 12 minutes spent, a fifteen-minute increase compared to last year’s figures. With over 107 million Filipinos as the base of the study, 76 million or roughly 71% of the population are now internet users and active social media users with at least one account, up from 67 million last year. One Filipino also has an average of 10.5 social media accounts based on the study, ranking 6th and just behind other Asian countries such as Indonesia, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Also some interesting facts from the study: We’re even one of the heaviest users of ad blockers in the world with 50% having at least one tracker blocker, privacy browser, or ad blocker extension. The number of mobile connections exceeds the current population — 124 million vs. 107 million — with dual-SIM connectivity preferred by many some Filipinos.

The Digital report is published annually since 2011 by the global agency We Are Social and social media marketing service company Hootsuite.

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10 Responses

  1. hephep says:

    mabuhay ang mga walang trabaho!!!

    ang hindi nila alam, ganyan kabagal internet natin. aabotin ng 10hrs kakahintay hahahaha.

  2. Gago kayo says:

    Kapal din naman ng mukha netong Yugatech na magpost ng article na walang kahit anong link back sa article. ninakaw nyo na yung image, wala pa kayong link back. mga gago kayo

  3. trapik says:

    Heaviest users nga pero still one of the most expensive internet data in the world.

    • elwin says:

      agreed, internet package here is more expensive than other SEA countries. you can easily get 100mbps (UNILIMITED) for the price of under PHP 1,500 in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia & Vietnam. With the latest news that the 3rd telco cannot legally proceed to give a competitive market here, directly giving those 2 telco to monopolized yet again for few more years is hurting us consumer.

    • PJ says:

      Here in Dubai, we are paying roughly 280 dirhams(almost 4000php) per month for a 20mbps connection(including tv channels for tv box bundle). So, I think here is more expensive. The good thing is the connection is stable.

  4. K L says:

    mabagal kasi ang internet , inefficient kaya matagal ang use ng internet/devices…

  5. AB_XY says:

    Mas may panahon sa trabaho at mga importanteng bagay ang mga tao sa mauunlad na bansa. Walang napapala ang mga pinoy at pinay kundi ang manguna sa paggamit ng selfie at social media. Exporter din ang Pinas ng tao papunta sa ibang bansa imbes na mga makinarya, electronics, etc…

    Hanggat hindi nagbabago ang kaisipan natin, palagi na lang tayo alipin at third class sa mundo.

  6. ariel says:

    tiningnan ba ng study kung bakit ganyan katagal at heavy? di ba nila alam na sa sobrang bagal ng internet connection natin dito sa pinas inaabot tayo ng halos isang oras sa paghintay na mabukasan ang isang page o magbukas ng email kaya sobrang tagal natin sa harap ng internet kasi inaantay natin na masend ang email o mabuksan man lang email…eh lalo na kung gusto bumasa ng balita news feed bago mo mabasa ang isang article ang dami munang ads na susulpot sa screen mo bago ang articles na sadya mo sabayan mo ng sobrang bagal ng internet sa atin hayan tama sila pilipinas ang pinakamatagal mag internet yon yung dahilan hahaha

  7. mema says:

    here is the logic, we are one of the most slowest internet connection in the world, and we are the most longest time in internet, easy. Isa pa, ang mahal pa ng bayad natin sa mga ISP na yan.

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