A survey of more than 27,000 web users in 16 countries has shown that the Chinese – as a nation – spend the largest fraction of their leisure time online.
However, UK housewives spend even more than China’s average – 47%.
Germans are the most likely to meet someone in real life that they first met online; more than three quarters have done so.
The study also found that the UK is the least trusting of information in its newspapers among the 16 countries…
And as for online socialising? On average across all countries, respondents had 17 online friends.
However, when asked the question “Have you ever arranged to meet in person people who you’ve met through the internet?”, Germans came out on top with a whopping 76% saying yes.
A further part of the study comparing online and traditional media and information sources showed national differences.
In the UK, online news sites are second only to friends as the primary source of trusted information; two fifths said they considered online news a “highly trusted” medium.
The UK was markedly less trusting of print media, with only 23% counting newspapers as highly trusted – roughly the same fraction who considered the Wikipedia site as highly trusted. At the top were Finnish respondents, who were some three times more likely – 69% – to describe their newspapers as such.
I have a couple of friends I would describe as “close” who I met online. One of those is my partner in crime in this website – K B – who I’ve never met. We live over a thousand miles apart and while I don’t think he travels much or often, I’m a bloody hermit.
That settles that, I guess.