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The 15 Most Internet Addicted Countries Around the World

A new study released by leading price comparison website Compare the Market uncovers 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 reveal all with this new study.

By analysing the total number of free wifi 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 take the crown as the most internet obsessed nation. Here 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 wifi 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 wifi 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.

Top 15 Most Internet Addicted Countries: (Ranked by the three factors)

Rank Location Free WiFi Spots Mobile Cellular Subscriptions (per 100 people) Mobile Cellular Subscriptions (per person) Individuals using the Internet (% of population)
1 United States 515,925 123 1.23 76
2 Brazil 559,490 118 1.18 61
3 Macao 292 322 3.22 82
4 Russia 311,586 159 1.59 73
5 United Arab Emirates 65,606 215 2.15 91
6 Bahrain 4,034 210 2.1 98
7 Hong Kong 4,750 241 2.41 87
8 Saudi Arabia 208,932 149 1.49 74
9 United Kingdom 58,400 120 1.2 95
10 South Korea 59,052 121 1.21 93
11 Luxembourg 1,160 133 1.33 98
12 Germany 56,910 126 1.26 90
13 Austria 10,411 164 1.64 84
14 Japan 21,777 131 1.31 93
15 Denmark 8,013 122 1.22 97

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).

(Source: Compare the Market)

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