SAO PAULO, 15 July 2009 (AFP) - Brazilian Internet users spent an average of seventy hours online in June, a record figure that surpasses those of Japan and the United States, according to a study by the Brazilian Opinion and Survey Institute (Ibope/Nielsen).
The survey also revealed that around 44.5 million Brazilians have access to the Internet at home or at work, the highest level recorded since the study was first done in September 2000.
Among the ten countries surveyed, “Brazil continues to have the most time per user, both for navigating webpages and for total time, including online programs,” the study indicates.
While Brazil accumulated a total average time online of 69 hours and 55 minutes per user in June, Japan came in at 68 hours and 14 minutes, and the United States at 65 hours and 10 minutes.
This total time includes time dedicated to online applications like instant messaging, music players, download programs, and internet telephony, in addition to navigating webpages.
In this regard, the principal subcategories used in Brazil during June were instant messaging, virtual communities, and email, which registered growth of 1%, 5%, and 16% respectively in the course of the month.