NordVPN study shows that Mexicans spend half of their lives on the internet

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According to a new survey by virtual private network provider NordVPN, Mexicans spend 39 years, 11 months, and 7 days of their lives online. When compared to the average life expectancy in Mexico, which is 75 years, this is almost half of their lives.

Mexicans use the internet for about 89 hours a week. This is almost four days. Out of those 89 hours, more than 21 are spent working. The rest (more than 68 hours) are used for other activities. Mexicans start using the internet at around 8:32 a.m. and stay online until 9:53 p.m.

Increased amount of time spent streaming TV

The maximum amount of time of Mexicans a week, which is 12 hours and 33 minutes, is spent on watching streaming series and movies on platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, Claro Video, HBO Go. 12 hours and 29 minutes are spent browsing social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok.

Mexicans spend 10 hours and 38 minutes per week on watching videos, while 8 hours and 52 minutes are dedicated to listening to music on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud and other platforms like that.

4 hours and 34 minutes/week are for playing video games, 3 hours and 50 minutes for browsing, and the other 3 hours and 38 minutes for online classes/tutorials.

“Most of us seek to facilitate and enrich our daily lives with a bunch of online platforms and services, yet hardly anyone thinks about their online security and the privacy of the data provided to apps and websites. The long hours spent on the internet only point to the increased risk of becoming another victim of cybercriminals; the current global circumstances make them even more active,” said Daniel Markuson, digital privacy expert at NordVPN.

Mexicans continue to give away their personal information

According to the survey, 59% of Mexicans depend on the internet on a daily basis, and 48% rely on the network for most of their hobbies. Such dependence makes them share much of their sensitive information.

Names and surnames (85%), date of birth (82%), sentimental status (61%), full address (60%), job title (30%), likes, dislikes (28%) and clothing size (20%) are among the most publicly disclosed data.

20% of Mexicans publicly disclose their bank details and 19% publicize photographs of their family.

On being asked what they would give up for getting their personal information permanently removed from the internet, Mexicans said alcohol consumption (31%), sports practice (16%) or streaming/watching movies (16%).

“Today, most of our lives can be done online, from making payments to entertaining ourselves with series and video games. And that’s why we must pay special attention to online cyberthreats. Tailored messages that create a sense of urgency, suspicious or unknown senders, inappropriate language, attachments and uncertain links – these are the first signs of a scam to pay attention to. Only open attachments from people you trust, and if in doubt, make your case public and talk about it with your colleagues and friends,” warns Daniel Markuson.

Read next: NordPass finds that “123456” is the most common password in Mexico in 2022

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