MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos have once again proven that they can spend long hours every day online — whether for work, education, entertainment, social media or all of it — with the Philippines ranking second on the list of countries whose citizens spend the most time on the internet and social media.
According to the latest Digital 2022 report from social media management company Hootsuite and creative agency We Are Social, on average internet users aged 16-64 scattered across the world spent an average of 6 hours and 58 minutes to use the Internet every day on any device. .
Meanwhile, Filipino internet users in the same age bracket spent an average of 10 hours and 27 minutes connected to the internet each day for the past 12 months.
The figure was lower than data from the Digital 2021 report, which found that Filipinos spent an average of 10 hours and 56 minutes connected to the internet, making the Philippines the top country with the most active internet users in the world.
For this year’s report, South Africa edged out the Philippines after its citizens spent an average of 10 hours and 46 minutes using the internet.
Filipinos who preferred to spend time using the internet through mobile devices spent an average of 5 hours and 47 minutes, more than the average of 3 hours and 43 minutes spent by internet users worldwide browsing the web at home. using mobile devices.
Compared to those who connected to the virtual world through mobile devices, Filipinos who surfed the Internet using a computer spent less time, an average of 4 hours and 40 minutes. Still, it was longer than the average 3 hours 14 minutes spent online by computer users worldwide.
Connection speed in PH
Filipinos spent more than average time spent using the internet despite much slower internet connectivity compared to other territories.
The Digital 2022 report found that the median download speed for mobile internet connection globally was 26.06 Mbps, while in the Philippines, the median mobile internet speed was 18.68 Mbps.
Globally, the median download speed for a fixed Internet connection was 58 Mbps. Landline internet speed in the Philippines was also slower at 46.44 Mbps.
In February, data based on the Ookla Speedtest Global Index showed that broadband and mobile data internet speeds in the Philippines decreased from 50.26 Mbps in December 2021 to 49.52 Mbps in January 2022 for fixed broadband and from 19.20 Mbps in December to 17.95 Mbps. in January.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) attributed the drop in internet speeds to the damage caused by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai).
“The Ookla Speedtest Global Index report showed slight decreases in fixed and mobile broadband median download speeds for the Philippines in January 2022,” NTC said in a statement.
“The decreases in speed are mainly due to the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette which passed through twenty-two provinces of Visayas and Mindanao on December 16 and 17, 2021,” he added.
What to do online?
What do Filipinos do when they use the Internet?
According to the Digital 2022 report, Filipinos between the ages of 16 and 64 spent an average of 4 hours and 6 minutes on social media every day for the past 12 months. The Philippines was the second most active country on social media.
Internet users around the world spent an average of 2 hours and 27 minutes on social media during the same period.
The report also found that 51.4% of internet users in the Philippines follow influencers on social media.
Of the countries included in the list, the Philippines had the highest proportion of internet users who follow influencers on social media. Worldwide, at least 22.6% of Internet users do the same.
Some Filipinos, on the other hand, use social media for work-related activities. The data showed that 36.7% of internet users in the country use social media for work-related networking or research.
It has also been found that Filipino internet users like to do other activities while using the internet, such as:
- Watching online videos as a source of learning: 70.6% of Filipino Internet users between the ages of 16 and 64 watch explainer, tutorial or educational videos every week.
- TV Content Streamed via the Internet: 98.3% of internet users in the Philippines watch TV content via streaming services every month.
- Listening to podcasts: At least 21.9% of Filipinos listen to podcasts weekly.
- Playing Video Games: 96.4% of Filipino internet users play online video games on any device.
Some use the internet for cryptocurrency. The report states that 19.4% of internet users in the Philippines own some form of cryptocurrency.
Others, including 27.9% of internet users in the Philippines, use online banking, investing or insurance apps weekly.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more internet users in the country have also been using the internet to address some concerns about their health. About 34.4% of Filipino internet users search online for health symptoms every week.
Few safety concerns
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2021 Internet Crime Report released last month found an unprecedented rise in cases of cyberattacks and malicious online activity as more and more people around the world connect to the virtual world.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) found that cybercrime reports and complaints gathered around the world, but primarily in the United States, resulted in losses exceeding an estimated 360 billion P360s ( $6.9 billion).
In terms of financial losses suffered and reported by victims, the FBI IC3 identified Business Email Compromise (BEC) and Personal Email Account Compromise (EAC) as the costliest types of cybercrime reported in the past year to around the world with estimated losses of up to 124,709,369,056 pesos. ($2,395,953,296).
It was followed by investment scams and trust or romance fraud as the second and third costliest types of cybercrime in the world.
Despite these damning numbers, data from the Digital 2022 report revealed that only 34.8% of Internet users in the Philippines expressed concerns about how companies use their personal data online.
At least 38.8% of internet users worldwide said they worry about how their personal data is used by companies when they use the internet.
According to FBI IC3 data, the Philippines was among the top 20 countries with the highest number of cybercrime victims, or individual complaints, submitted to the IC3 last year with 1,051 victims.
READ: Cybercrime cases rise, lead to P360B losses worldwide – FBI
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