How much time do you spend online? If you live in the US, Australia, or Canada, it might be more than you think. That’s because, across the world, people are spending an increasing amount of of their lives online, and the hours are really adding up. A study from NordVPN breaks down some of the most striking parts of this growing trend.
It’s no surprise that the time we spend online is increasing. The internet offers us instant entertainment, social networks, and countless hours of free content. We use it for everything from banking to dating.
That fact isn’t a problem in itself, of course. The internet is one of the greatest technical innovations in human history; it’s great that we get to benefit from it. But there’s another side to all this.
The more integrated your life is with the internet, the more scope and opportunity there is for the next hacker who decides to target you.
Before we go further, let’s take a look at the data. How did different countries in our study compare?
When we’re summing up the findings, they can sound pretty extreme. But let’s look at what these results mean on a weekly basis for the average person.
Americans will spend 5 hours and 23 minutes streaming TV shows and films on platforms like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu. Another 4 hours 37 minutes will be spent scrolling through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Almost the same again (4 hours and 22 minutes) will go into short-form video platforms like YouTube.
Australians spend a similar amount of time online, including 4 hours and 26 minutes streaming music. Not to be outdone, a Canadian will dedicate around 2 hours and 21 minutes each week to gaming — more than they spend on life admin tasks like banking and organization (2 hours and 5 minutes).
A greater amount of online engagement means a greater risk of being targeted by cybercriminals. Every account you create, every bit of personal information you input into a website — it all adds up to create a tempting prize for a hacker.
You’re probably going to keep using the internet for the rest of your life, but it’s vital that you take proper security precautions whenever you can. Not sure where to start? Read on.