Social media plays an essential part in our day-to-day lives. Most of us today are slowly becoming addicted to social media. People spend hours and hours each day browsing the different social media platforms throughout the day.
How many hours per day do people spend on social media?
According to Global Web Index (GWI), users of the Internet, on average, are now spending almost 2 hours and a half hours per day on their preferred social media channels.
GWI also states that many countries, which were showing increasing usage of social media, are now plateauing off. The stats report that in 11 out of the 31 countries which were analysed the social media usage is staying the same or declining. Possible reasons for this drop are that users are becoming increasingly aware of the detrimental effect that too much time in front of their smart devices or laptops has on them.
This being said, GWI reports that some countries show a notable rise in time spent on social media:
Currently, in the Philippines, the average internet user spends 11 minutes more per day – on social media – than they did in 2017. Similarly, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have also shown a significant increase in time spent on social media.
How much time CAN you be spending on social media?
Although many people switching off their phones and tablets promptly at 5 pm every day in favour of family and friends face time or reading a book, there are some people who are making a good case for social media – albeit in a limited capacity. It’s been suggested that keeping your social media use down to just 30 minutes a day can lead to better mental health outcomes. This is according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.