The French spend 27 years, 7 months and 6 days of their life on the Internet! An important piece of information that NordVPN tells us about ...

A new survey by NordVPN, the largest provider of virtual private networks, found that the French spend 27 years, 7 months and 6 days of their life on the Internet. Compared to the average life expectancy, which is 82,72 years in France, this represents almost a third of their life.

The French spend, in a typical week, a little more than 56 hours using the Internet, the equivalent of more than two days. This represents 122 days per year, or nearly 28 years in total. Of those 56 hours per week, more than 20 hours are spent on work, while the remaining 36 hours are spent on various online activities.

The time the French start browsing the internet each day is on average 9am - and they don't go offline until 26pm.

Most of the French online time per week - 6 hours and 39 minutes - is spent on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Almost the same amount of time - 6 hours and 18 minutes - is spent streaming TV shows and movies on platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu. Finally, a slightly shorter duration - 4 hours and 40 minutes - is devoted to viewing videos, on Youtube for example. In addition, 3 hours and 30 minutes per week is spent listening to music on Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Prime Music and other similar platforms, while 2 hours and 48 minutes is spent searching the internet. In addition, 2 hours and 36 minutes per week are devoted to games (Fortnite, Minecraft, etc.) and 2 hours and 26 minutes to administrative tasks, such as online banking services.

“A majority of users seek to facilitate and enrich their daily lives through a bouquet of online platforms and services. In contrast, few are concerned about their online security and the privacy of data provided to applications and websites. The long hours spent on the Internet only underscore the increased risk of becoming the victim of a cybercriminal, and the current global context makes them even more active, ”observes Daniel Markuson, digital privacy expert at NordVPN.

A survey shows that one in three Germans cannot imagine spending a day without the Internet, and this addiction forces them to share a large amount of sensitive data. The most publicly disclosed data are date of birth (67%), first and last names (63,7%), full address (58,3%), relationship status (38,3%), tastes and dislikes (29,6%) as well as bank details (32,8%). In addition, nearly one in three French people has already publicly disclosed their clothing size (27%) and bank details (25,3%).

“Today, the majority of our business can be done online, whether it's making payments or being entertained with TV shows and games. That's why we need to pay special attention to online cyber threats. Personalized messages creating a sense of urgency, a suspicious or unknown sender, rough language, questionable attachments and links: these are the first telltale signs of a scam and one to be wary of. Only open attachments from people you trust, and if in doubt, don't hesitate to tell your colleagues and friends, ”warns Daniel Markuson, digital privacy expert at NordVPN.

The target group of the survey was French residents aged 18 to 74, and the sample was drawn from national Internet users. Quotas have been set according to age, gender and place of residence.

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