- A recent study from OnBuy.com showed that Filipinos spend the most time on social media
- While the Philippines ranked first out of 45 countries in social media use, we are at the bottom on the average life expectancy
- The report showed that people use social media to connect with friends and family, read the news or “fill their spare time”
Filipinos ranked number one out of 45 countries in spending the most time on social media, according to a recent report.
A report from OnBuy.com, an online marketplace, revealed that Filipinos spend an average of 102,054 hours or 4,252 days on social media during their lifetime. On second rank is Colombia with an average of 101,288 hours or 4,220 days on social media, while Japan ranked as the country least obsessed with social media.
OnBuy surveyed 2,153 individuals from 45 countries.
However, the report also showed that the Philippines was at the bottom 10 countries for average life expectancy. It stated that Filipinos may live until 72 years on average.
The results should not come as a surprise anymore. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited face-to-face restrictions, many Filipinos have used social media to reach out to their family and friends. The report also showed that 66 percent of the respondents have used social media to keep in touch with others.
On the other hand, 61 percent use social media to read the news while 54 percent are using it “just to fill spare time.”
The fear of missing out or FOMO is also still prevalent among social media users. “A scary 30 percent believe that if they don’t use social media daily, they will be missing out on the latest gossip,” OnBuy said.
“An alarming quarter of those surveyed (25 percent) said they have turned down a night out to spend further time on social media instead,” it added.