121 Social Media Addiction Statistics Worldwide

Did you know that around 70% of teens and young adults in the US have a social media addiction?

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Steven Zauderer
January 30, 2023
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Today you'll find over 120 social media addiction statistics about how many people are addicted to social media, percentage of population that uses social media, social media addiction by age, gender, and race.

Key Social Media Addiction Statistics

  1. Around 70% of teens and young adults in the US have a social media addiction.
  2. The average person spends 1 hour and 40 minutes per day on social media.
  3. Over 50% of Americans aged 30-49 have a social media addiction.
  4. Over 60% of men and over 55% of women are addicted to social media.
  5. Over 33% of the world's population uses social media.
  6. Women tend to use social media more than men and they spend more time on social media than men do.
  7. Women spend an average of 2.08 hours a day on social media and men average 1.81 hours a day.

Who Uses Social Media?

Social media is used by almost everyone in the entire world! It doesn't matter how old someone is, where they're from, or what they're passionate about, there are social media platforms designed for everyone.

Social Media Worldwide Usage

56.8% of the world's total population is active on social media, which equates to around 4.48 billion people that use social media globally.

Social Media Users By Country

Country 2022 Population
China 1,425,887,337
India 1,417,173,173
United States 338,289,857
Indonesia 275,501,339
Pakistan 235,824,862
Nigeria 218,541,212
Brazil 215,313,498
Bangladesh 171,186,372
Russia 144,713,314
Mexico 127,504,125
Japan 123,951,692
Ethiopia 123,379,924
Philippines 115,559,009
Egypt 110,990,103
DR Congo 99,010,212
Vietnam 98,186,856
Iran 88,550,570
Turkey 85,341,241
Germany 83,369,843
Thailand 71,697,030
United Kingdom 67,508,936
Tanzania 65,497,748
France 64,626,628
South Africa 59,893,885
Italy 59,037,474
Myanmar 54,179,306
Kenya 54,027,487
Colombia 51,874,024
South Korea 51,815,810
Spain 47,558,630
Uganda 47,249,585
Sudan 46,874,204
Argentina 45,510,318
Algeria 44,903,225
Iraq 44,496,122
Afghanistan 41,128,771
Poland 39,857,145
Ukraine 39,701,739
Canada 38,454,327
Morocco 37,457,971
Saudi Arabia 36,408,820
Angola 35,588,987
Uzbekistan 34,627,652
Peru 34,049,588
Malaysia 33,938,221
Yemen 33,696,614
Ghana 33,475,870
Mozambique 32,969,518
Nepal 30,547,580
Madagascar 29,611,714
Venezuela 28,301,696
Ivory Coast 28,160,542
Cameroon 27,914,536
Niger 26,207,977
Australia 26,177,413
North Korea 26,069,416
Taiwan 23,893,394
Burkina Faso 22,673,762
Mali 22,593,590
Syria 22,125,249
Sri Lanka 21,832,143
Malawi 20,405,317
Zambia 20,017,675
Romania 19,659,267
Chile 19,603,733
Kazakhstan 19,397,998
Ecuador 18,001,000
Guatemala 17,843,908
Chad 17,723,315
Somalia 17,597,511
Netherlands 17,564,014
Senegal 17,316,449
Cambodia 16,767,842
Zimbabwe 16,320,537
Guinea 13,859,341
Rwanda 13,776,698
Benin 13,352,864
Burundi 12,889,576
Tunisia 12,356,117
Bolivia 12,224,110
Belgium 11,655,930
Haiti 11,584,996
Jordan 11,285,869
Dominican Republic 11,228,821
Cuba 11,212,191
South Sudan 10,913,164
Sweden 10,549,347
Czech Republic 10,493,986
Honduras 10,432,860
Greece 10,384,971
Azerbaijan 10,358,074
Portugal 10,270,865
Papua New Guinea 10,142,619
Hungary 9,967,308
Tajikistan 9,952,787
Belarus 9,534,954
United Arab Emirates 9,441,129
Israel 9,038,309
Austria 8,939,617
Togo 8,848,699
Switzerland 8,740,472
Sierra Leone 8,605,718
Laos 7,529,475
Hong Kong 7,488,865
Serbia 7,221,365
Nicaragua 6,948,392
Libya 6,812,341
Bulgaria 6,781,953
Paraguay 6,780,744
Kyrgyzstan 6,630,623
Turkmenistan 6,430,770
El Salvador 6,336,392
Singapore 5,975,689
Republic of the Congo 5,970,424
Denmark 5,882,261
Slovakia 5,643,453
Central African Republic 5,579,144
Finland 5,540,745
Lebanon 5,489,739
Norway 5,434,319
Liberia 5,302,681
Palestine 5,250,072
New Zealand 5,185,288
Costa Rica 5,180,829
Ireland 5,023,109
Mauritania 4,736,139
Oman 4,576,298
Panama 4,408,581
Kuwait 4,268,873
Croatia 4,030,358
Georgia 3,744,385
Eritrea 3,684,032
Uruguay 3,422,794
Mongolia 3,398,366
Moldova 3,272,996
Puerto Rico 3,252,407
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,233,526
Albania 2,842,321
Jamaica 2,827,377
Armenia 2,780,469
Lithuania 2,750,055
Gambia 2,705,992
Qatar 2,695,122
Botswana 2,630,296
Namibia 2,567,012
Gabon 2,388,992
Lesotho 2,305,825
Slovenia 2,119,844
Guinea Bissau 2,105,566
North Macedonia 2,093,599
Latvia 1,850,651
Equatorial Guinea 1,674,908
Trinidad and Tobago 1,531,044
Bahrain 1,472,233
Timor Leste 1,341,296
Estonia 1,326,062
Mauritius 1,299,469
Cyprus 1,251,488
Eswatini 1,201,670
Djibouti 1,120,849
Reunion 974,052
Fiji 929,766
Comoros 836,774
Guyana 808,726
Bhutan 782,455
Solomon Islands 724,273
Macau 695,168
Luxembourg 647,599
Montenegro 627,082
Suriname 618,040
Cape Verde 593,149
Western Sahara 575,986
Malta 533,286
Maldives 523,787
Brunei 449,002
Bahamas 409,984
Belize 405,272
Guadeloupe 395,752
Iceland 372,899
Martinique 367,507
Vanuatu 326,740
Mayotte 326,101
French Polynesia 306,279
French Guiana 304,557
New Caledonia 289,950
Barbados 281,635
Sao Tome and Principe 227,380
Samoa 222,382
Curacao 191,163
Saint Lucia 179,857
Guam 171,774
Kiribati 131,232
Grenada 125,438
Micronesia 114,164
Jersey 110,778
Seychelles 107,118
Tonga 106,858
Aruba 106,445
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 103,948
United States Virgin Islands 99,465
Antigua and Barbuda 93,763
Isle of Man 84,519

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Social Media Usage By Age

Gen Z and Millennials are the biggest social media users of all age groups. Here is a breakdown of total users in each age group:

Age Group Percentage (%)
18-29 84%
30-49 81%
50-64 73%
65+ 45%

Social Media Usage By Gender

When it comes to the usage of social media by gender, it differs drastically.

Source: Statista

Which Gender Uses Social Media More By Platform?

Female User (%) Male User (%)
Snapchat 60 40
Pinterest 78 22
Instagram 57 43
Facebook 44 56
Twitter 32 68
LinkedIn 49 51
TikTok 59 41
YouTube 45 55
social media statistics on each sites active users
Source: Statista

Which Gender Uses Social Media More By Region?

Region Female Male
North America 54% 46%
South America 52% 48%
Western Europe 50% 50%
Southern Africa 52% 48%
Southern Asia 27% 73%
Oceania 53% 47%

What Are The Most Used Social Media Platforms?

Facebook and Youtube are the most used social media platforms today. Below is a breakdown of social media usage by platform:

Social Media Network Users (in millions)
Facebook 2,853
YouTube 2,291
WhatsApp 2,000
Instagram 1,386
Facebook Messenger 1,300
Weixin / WeChat 1,242
TikTok 732
QQ 606
Douyin 600
Telegram 550
Sina Weibo 530
Snapchat 514
Kuaishow 481
Pinterest 478
Reddit 430
Twitter 397
Quora 300

How Many Social Media Accounts Does The Average Person Have?

The average person has 8-9 social media accounts, which is much more than in 2013, when each user just had 4-5 accounts on average.

Year Average Number of Social Media Accounts
2013 4.3
2014 4.8
2015 6.3
2016 7.6
2017 8
2018 8.5

Fascinating Social Media Addiction Statistics

1. Over a third of the world's population uses social media.

percentage of population that uses social media

2. Around 70% of teens and young adults in the US are addicted to social media.

3. The average user spends 1 hour and 40 minutes per day on social media.

average time spent per day on social media

4. Over 60% of college students in the US report being addicted to social media.

5. Approximately 56% of Americans aged 18-29 are addicted to social media.

6. Over 50% of Americans aged 30-49 are addicted to social media.

percent of americans aged 30-49 with social media addiction

7. Over 40% of Americans aged 50-64 are addicted to social media.

8. Around 33% of Americans aged 65+ are addicted to social media.

9. Over 60% of men are addicted to social media.

percentage of men addicted to social media

10. Over 55% of women are addicted to social media.

11. Approximately 68% of African-Americans are addicted to social media.

12. About 50% of Hispanic Americans are addicted to social media.

13. Approximately 57% of Asian-Americans are addicted to social media.

14. Over 40% of White Americans are addicted to social media.

percent of white americans addicted to social media

15. Over 70% of people aged 18-24 check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

16. Around 64% of people aged 25-34 check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

17. Approximately 46% of people aged 35-44 check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

18. Over 30% of people aged 45-54 check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

19. Approximately 20% of people aged 55-64 check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

20. Around 10% of people aged 65+ check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

percentage of older adults who check social media multiple times per day

21. Over 85% of teens and young adults in the US check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

22. Approximately 70% of college students in the US check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

23. Over 60% of men check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

24. Around 57% of women check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

25. Approximately 74% of African-Americans check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

26. Over 60% of Hispanic Americans check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

percentage of hispanic americans who check social media multiple times daily

27. Approximately 71% of Asian-Americans check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

28. Over 50% of White Americans check their social media accounts multiple times a day.

29. Around 68% of teens and young adults in the US experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

30. Over 60% of college students in the US experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

31. Approximately 56% of Americans aged 18-29 experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

32. Over 50% of Americans aged 30-49 experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

33. Around 40% of Americans aged 50-64 experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

34. Approximately 30% of Americans aged 65+ experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

35. Over 70% of men experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

men get anxious without social media

36. Around 66% of women experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

37. Approximately 79% of African-Americans experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

38. Over 65% of Hispanic Americans experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

39. Approximately 76% of Asian-Americans experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

40. Over 55% of White Americans experience anxiety when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

41. Over 60% of teens and young adults in the US spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

percent of teens and young adults addicted to social media

42. Around 50% of college students in the US spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

43. Approximately 46% of Americans aged 18-29 spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

44. Over 40% of Americans aged 30-49 spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

45. Around 33% of Americans aged 50-64 spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

46. Approximately 20% of Americans aged 65+ spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

47. Over 70% of men spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

percent of men that spend more than 3 hours on social media

48. Around 65% of women spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

49. Approximately 79% of African-Americans spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

50. Over 65% of Hispanic Americans spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

51. Approximately 76% of Asian-Americans spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

52. Over 55% of White Americans spend more than 3 hours a day on social media.

percent of white americans that spend more than 3 hours a day on social media

53. Approximately 77% of teens and young adults in the US feel lonely when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

54. Over 65% of college students in the US feel lonely when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

55. Approximately 73% of Americans aged 18-29 feel lonely when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

56. Over 65% of Americans aged 30-49 feel lonely when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

57. Around 53% of Americans aged 50-64 feel lonely when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

58. Approximately 40% of Americans aged 65+ feel lonely when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

59. Over 75% of men feel lonely when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

percent of men that feel lonely without social media access

60. Around 70% of women feel lonely when they are not able to access their social media accounts.

FAQs

How Much Time Do People Spend On Social Media?

Today, people aged 16-64 spend 2 hours and 24 minutes per day on social media, on average. That means that the average person spends 144 minutes per day using social media. That means the average person spends 72 hours per month on social media.

What Percentage Of The Population Is Addicted To Social Media?

The percentage of the population that is addicted to social media varies greatly depending on age, gender, and race. According to research, over a third of the world's population uses social media. In the US, around 70% of teens and young adults are addicted to social media, while over 60% of college students report being addicted to social media.

Additionally, around 56% of Americans aged 18-29 are addicted to social media, while over 50% of Americans aged 30-49 are addicted to social media. The percentage of Americans aged 50-64 that are addicted to social media is around 40%, while the percentage of Americans aged 65+ that are addicted to social media is around 33%.

When it comes to gender, over 60% of men are addicted to social media, while over 55% of women are addicted to social media. Similarly, the percentage of the population that is addicted to social media varies among different racial groups.

Approximately 68% of African-Americans, 50% of Hispanic Americans, 57% of Asian-Americans, and 40% of White Americans are addicted to social media. Overall, it is clear that the percentage of the population that is addicted to social media varies greatly depending on age, gender, and race.

How Many Social Media Addicts Are There?

The exact number of social media addicts is difficult to pinpoint, as it varies greatly depending on age, gender, and race.

Overall, it is clear that the number of social media addicts is substantial, and that the percentage of the population that is addicted to social media varies greatly depending on age, gender, and race.

Who Is Most Addicted To Social Media?

When it comes to who is most addicted to social media, teens and young adults in the US appear to be the most addicted. In the US, around 70% of teens and young adults are addicted to social media, while over 60% of college students report being addicted to social media.

Additionally, around 56% of Americans aged 18-29 are addicted to social media, while over 50% of Americans aged 30-49 are addicted to social media. The percentage of Americans aged 50-64 that are addicted to social media is around 40%, while the percentage of Americans aged 65+ that are addicted to social media is around 33%.

When it comes to gender, over 60% of men are addicted to social media, while over 55% of women are addicted to social media. Similarly, the percentage of the population that is addicted to social media varies among different racial groups.

Approximately 68% of African-Americans, 50% of Hispanic Americans, 57% of Asian-Americans, and 40% of White Americans are addicted to social media. Overall, it is clear that teens and young adults in the US are the most addicted to social media.

Is Social Media Actually Addictive?

Yes, social media can be addictive. Research has shown that many people experience anxiety when they are unable to access their social media accounts, and that many people spend more than 3 hours a day on social media. Additionally, many people feel lonely when they are unable to access their social media accounts.

These behaviors are indicative of addiction, and are suggestive of the fact that social media can be addictive. However, it is important to note that not all social media users are addicted to social media. Social media usage can be beneficial and can even serve as a form of self-expression for some people.

Is Social Media Addiction More Common Than Drug Addiction?

It is difficult to compare the prevalence of social media addiction and drug addiction, as both are difficult to quantify. However, it is clear that social media addiction is a real phenomenon and that it affects a significant portion of the population.

Research has shown that over a third of the world's population uses social media and that many people experience anxiety when they are unable to access their social media accounts.

Additionally, many people feel lonely when they are unable to access their social media accounts and spend more than 3 hours a day on social media. These behaviors are indicative of addiction, and suggest that social media addiction may be more common than drug addiction.

References

  1. https://truelist.co/blog/social-media-addiction-statistics/
  2. https://explodingtopics.com/blog/social-media-addiction
  3. https://influencermarketinghub.com/social-media-addiction-stats/
  4. https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/social-media-users-by-country
steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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