Time spent on mobile internet in China before and after COVID-19

During the COVID-19 epidemic in China in early 2020 - a period starting shortly before the 2020 Chinese Spring Festival holiday and extending to the weeks afterwards - when the majority of Chinese people were confined to their homes, the use of mobile internet saw a strong increase, surging to 7.3 hours per day per user - an increae of more than one hour in comparison to the period prior to the epidemic. Among other factors, the need to work and learn remotely contributed to the increased use of mobile internet.

Average time spent on mobile internet before, during and after coronavirus epidemic in China in 2019 and 2020 (in hours)*

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2019 and 2020

Supplementary notes

*2019 Spring Festival: 4.-10. February, 2019; 2020 normal: 2.-8. January 2020; 2020 Spring Festival: 24. January - 2. February 2020; 2020 after Spring Festival: 3.-9. February February, 2020.

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