Have you ever realized how much time you spend online?

With the internet playing a major role in our personal, social and professional life we cannot avoid its use for a fixed time every day. So let us give a thought today about the amount of time we spend each day on the internet.

Find out how the internet gobbles away our time!
Find out how the internet gobbles away our time!

It will help us analyze how much of it actually useful and how much of this activity is a complete waste of time. This article will take you through various patterns of internet usage in different countries of the world. I’m sure you already guessed Facebook as the most popular site but looking beyond this you will find that there are other sites which are equally popular within other kinds of groups depending on their interests.

So let’s see how different each group is from the other but before we can do that let us first glance over the most visited websites all over the world. The list goes this way – the site to top the list is Facebook with 43.97% followed by Google with 43.78%. Next comes YouTube with 35.40%. The site following YouTube is Yahoo with 20.13%. Then comes Wikipedia with 13.36% followed by a Chinese site Baidu with 12.97%. If you think the list ends here then you are mistaken. Next in the list is Windows Live with 8.57%. Then there’s Amazon with 7.40% and finally there’s Twitter with 6.24%. after the general visiting patterns of internet users worldwide let us now move on to country wise analysis.

This long list gives us an idea as how most people of the world spend their time. This pattern has been considerably constant till date and is likely to change only when sites over powering the above mentioned come into play. So let us see what happens!

Top 25 sites by daily reach

This measures a three-month average of the percentage of Internet users who visit the site daily.

Facebook 43.97%
Google 43.78%
YouTube 35.40%
Yahoo! 20.13%
Wikipedia 13.36%
Baidu.com 12.97%
Windows Live 8.57%
QQ.COM 8.41%
Amazon.com 7.40%
Twitter 6.24%
Stay a while?

How long do visitors stay on the top 10 sites and how many times does the average user visit on a given day?

Site (Visits per user/Time on site)

Facebook (18.42/28:19)
Google (13.5/12:02)
YouTube (15.16/22:54)
Yahoo! (5.98/8:14)
Wikipedia (4.18/5:01)
Baidu.com (12.94/9:31)
Windows Live (8.53/7:13)
QQ.COM (5.68/9:36)
Amazon.com (10.04/9:01)
Twitter (5.47/9:04)

Thinking globally …

Many of the top sites in the U.S. don’t even register on the global list.

U.S. top 25

google.com
facebook.com
youtube.com
yahoo.com
amazon.com
ebay.com
wikipedia.org
craigslist.org
live.com
bing.com
linkedin.com
blogspot.com
twitter.com
pinterest.com
go.com
msn.com
aol.com
tumblr.com
netflix.com
paypal.com
cnn.com
huffingtonpost.com
weather.com
ask.com
bankofamerica.com

UK top 10

google.co.uk
facebook.com
google.com
youtube.com
amazon.co.uk
ebay.co.uk
bbc.co.uk
yahoo.com
live.com
wikipedia.org

China top 10

baidu.com
qq.com
taobao.com
sina.com.cn
google.com.hk
163.com
weibo.com
sohu.com
soso.com
hao123.com

Brazil top 10

facebook.com
google.com.br
google.com
youtube.com
uol.com.br
globo.com
live.com
blogspot.com.br
yahoo.com
mercadolivre.com.br

Australia top 10

google.com.au
google.com
facebook.com
youtube.com
yahoo.com
ebay.com.au
wikipedia.org
live.com
linkedin.com
news.com.au

Japan top 10

yahoo.co.jp
google.co.jp
fc2.com
youtube.com
amazon.co.jp
google.com
rakuten.co.jp
livedoor.com
facebook.com
ameblo.jp

Saudi Arabia top 10

google.com.sa
youtube.com
facebook.com
google.com
live.com
yahoo.com
twitter.com
blogspot.com
sabq.org
wikipedia.org

Egypt top 10

facebook.com
google.com.eg
youtube.com
google.com
yahoo.com
blogspot.com
youm7.com
hao123.com
fatakat.com
live.com

Kenya top 10

facebook.com
google.com
google.co.ke
youtube.com
yahoo.com
twitter.com
standardmedia.co.ke
nation.co.ke
blogspot.com
wikipedia.org

India top 10

google.com
google.co.in
facebook.com
youtube.com
yahoo.com
blogspot.in
wikipedia.org
linkedin.com
googleusercontent.com
indiatimes.com

Norway top 10

facebook.com
google.no
google.com
youtube.com
vg.no
finn.no
wikipedia.org
dagbladet.no
yahoo.com
nrk.no

Note: Data collected March 12, 2013

SOURCES

Alexa.com
internetworldstats.com