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Device usage increase due to the coronavirus worldwide 2020, by country

Data from a global survey held in March 2020 revealed that 70 percent of responding internet users worldwide were using their smartphones or mobile phones more as a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak, though this varied significantly by country. In Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom, less than 40 percent of survey participants said that they were using their phone more, but for China and the Philippines the percentage stood at 86 percent. Smart TV and media streaming service usage also varied, with 44 percent of Brazilians using these devices more due to the COVID-19 pandemic compared to just 11 percent of Japanese respondents.

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Increased media device usage due to the coronavirus outbreak among internet users worldwide as of March 2020, by country

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Source

Release date

March 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

March 16 to 20, 2020

Age group

16-64 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Sample sizes for each country were as follows: 1,004 (Australia), 1,001 (Brazil), 1,003 (China), 1,016 (France), 1,010 (Germany), 1,010 (Italy), 1,079 (Japan), 1,008 (Philippines), 1,008 (Singapore), 573 (South Africa), 1,005 (Spain), 1,040 (UK) and 1,088 (USA).
Question: Which device(s) have you been spending more time using since the start of the coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak?

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