Singaporeans are second most Internet-addicted people in the world: Survey

Over half of Singaporeans say they are not capable of lasting up to 12 hours without internet access. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 
Over half of Singaporeans say they are not capable of lasting up to 12 hours without internet access. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

SINGAPORE - People in Singapore spend more time on the internet than in any other country in the world, except India, a survey by Tata Communications, has found.

Worse still, over half of Singaporeans (52 per cent) say they are not capable of lasting up to 12 hours without internet access, just behind the web-addicted people in India (54 per cent), according to the study, as reported by CNBC on Friday.

The Indian firm spoke to 9,417 respondents in India, Singapore, UK, USA, Germany and France as part of its online survey.

Respondents were asked 14 questions, aiming to analyze people's emotional connection to the internet, CNBC reported.

A total of 43 per cent of Singapore respondents said they spend more than six hours a day surfing the web, much higher than the global average of 29 per cent, CNBC said.

And the average Singapore respondent can survive only 7.3 hours without his or her internet fix, the survey found.

Asia also appeared to be the most hooked on the net compared to people of other regions profiled, said CNBC.

By contrast, people in Europe and the U.S. can go much longer without logging on, CNBC reported, with 86 per cent of Germans, 77 per cent of French, 75 per cent of U.S. and 70 per cent of U.K. respondents managing up to 12 hours without the internet.