Whether it’s to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the latest news, or find entertainment, it’s clear that there are plenty of reasons people worldwide use the internet. Plus, with the amount of time spent on social media increasing year after year, it should come as no surprise that internet screen time has also been rising. 

So then, how much time does the average person spend on the internet these days?

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How much time do people spend online?

Recent research shows that in the final quarter of 2021, the average time spent on the internet per person was 413 minutes (just under seven hours) per day. This is four minutes shorter than the previous quarter, and the lowest amount of time spent online in the entire year. On average, internet users worldwide spent 415.5 minutes every day online in 2021.

The figures in 2021 mark a slight increase from 2020, when internet users worldwide spent an average of 412 minutes online every day. 

The amount of time spent online in Q4 2021, though the smallest number of the year, is actually an increase from two years ago. In the last quarter of 2019, the average time spent on the internet registered at 400 minutes daily. It’s also the lowest amount in at least nine quarters. 

From Q4 2019 to Q4 2021, the amount of time spent online peaked in the middle of 2021. In the second and third quarters of 2021, internet users spent an average of 417 minutes online per day.

Time spent online by country

The amount of time spent online differs from country to country. For instance, internet users in the Philippines spent the most amount of time online. At 623 minutes each day, that’s 210 minutes (or 3.5 hours) more than the global average.

This is followed by South Africa, where internet users are online for 619 minutes daily, and Brazil, at 596 minutes.

On the other end of the spectrum is Japan. People there go online for just 243 minutes every day—59% of the average worldwide.  Despite having one of the fastest internet speeds in the world, internet users in Denmark also spend a relatively low amount of time online—307 minutes per day. 

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