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1 in 4 Spanish adults are internet addicts

Source: GNOM - Sun 7th Dec 2014
1 in 4 Spanish adults are internet addicts

1 in 4 Spanish adults are showing signs of internet addiction, with 26% admitting that their personal lives depend upon their mobile phones, according to a study by consumer group OCU.

Spaniards aged 18 to 64 spend more time on the computer or on their mobiles in their private life than their working life about five-and-a-half hours a day connected to the internet or on their SmartPhones, which translates to 22 hours a week, compared to 17 hours a week for work.

Most of them do so to read their emails, search for information online, or on social networks, which 85% of those questioned say they have at least one.

Over a third nearly four in 10 realised they spend more time online than they thought they did after taking part in the survey.

A total of 78% of respondents own a SmartPhone with internet access, and spend an average of 33 hours a week on it.

Nearly two-thirds say they always have their phones switched on and close by.

The addiction level when it comes to mobile phones, according to the OCU, is fairly low in Spain on a scale of 20 to 100, they calculate this at 31.4 although the 18-24 age-group has a higher degree of addiction, at 41 on the same scale.

As for internet content most accessed, 23% say they play video games at least once a week, with 70% of these doing so for a minimum of an hour a day.

A total of 21% of respondents admitted to looking at internet pornography, and 4% bet money online.

Approximately 1,900 people out of a cross-section of society aged 18 to 64 were surveyed, according to the OCU.

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