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Study finds Singaporeans spend a third of our lives online

By Ken Wong - on 19 Apr 2022, 9:57am

Study finds Singaporeans spend a third of our lives online

Most of our time online was spent working, the survey found. Image source: Pexels.

A new survey by virtual private network (VPN) provider NordVPN revealed that Singaporeans spent on average, 27 years and 1 day, or a third of their lives online. This is slightly more than the global average of 25 years, 10 months, and 21 days.

In fact, in Asia, both the Koreans and Taiwanese spent more time at 34 years and 33 years respectively. rather surprisingly, Japan's average time online was only 11 years, 4 months, and 13 days, which was the lowest in the world.

According to the survey, during a typical week, Singaporeans spend a bit more than 54 hours using the Internet, with 18 hours spent working, seven hours spent watching videos on platforms like YouTube, six hours spent streaming TV shows and films on media streaming platforms, five hours on social media channels, three hours listening to music, two hours for online shopping, two hours making video calls, and one-hour playing games such as Fortnite or Minecraft.

Recognising their online habits, Daniel Markuson, a digital privacy expert at NordVPN said that 40% of Singaporeans were willing to share their sensitive information for Internet access. Among the most publicly disclosed details are full names (68.4%), date of birth (63.5%), full address (53.3%), relationship status (35.7%), and job title (35.5%) as well as likes and dislikes (18.4%) and bank details (16.3%), the survey found.

But that isn’t to say that Singaporeans don’t acknowledge the risks of having their information online. Markuson added that Singaporeans were willing to give up certain things to have our information permanently deleted from the Internet. The most common were drinking alcohol (31.5%), playing video games (28.8%), or playing sports (22.4%).

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