A new study has been released by leading price comparison website, Compare the Market, uncovering which nations are the most Internet-dependant. In the era of fake news, Snapchat and #selfie, it seems we are never too far away from our phones or without access to the Internet. But which countries are the most addicted and in need of a digital detox? Compare the Market reveals all with this new study.
By analysing the total number of free Wi-Fi spots, the number of mobile subscriptions per person and the percentage of the population who use the Internet, Compare the Market were able to establish the most Internet-addicted countries in the world.
The top three countries in need of a digital detox
The study reveals that the United States takes the crown as the most Internet obsessed nation. It appears that 76% of the local population use the Internet, there is an average of 1.23 mobile subscriptions per person and over half a million free Wi-Fi locations are available throughout the country. Another study also revealed how the average American spends a whopping 24 hours a week online.
Surprisingly, Brazil, who take second place, offer the highest amount of free Wi-Fi locations with 559,490 in total – that’s almost 40,000 more than the United States (515,925). Macao, China, ranks as the third most Internet-dependant nation on the list.
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Countries with the highest percent of digital users
Bahrain and Luxembourg both share the top spot with a staggering 98% of their populations regularly connecting to the Internet.
Middle Eastern, Asian and European cities all take top spots as the countries with the highest number of digital users, including Denmark (97%), United Kingdom (95%), Japan (93%), South Korea (93%) and United Arab Emirates (91%).
Countries with the most mobile subscriptions per person
It may seem strange that in some areas of the world, residents have two, or three, mobile phones under their belts. Macao take the top spot and have, on average, 3.22 mobile phone subscriptions per person. Hong Kong are next with 2.41 mobiles, followed closely behind by United Arab Emirates (2.15) and Bahrain (2.1).