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99 Social Media Addiction Statistics Worldwide

These social media addiction statistics will surprise you and make you think twice about checking facebook again.

Dr. Elizabeth Drew

Surprising Social Media Addiction Statistics

  1. Around 7 out of 10 teenagers and young adults in the US have a social media addiction.
  2. The average person spends almost two hours per day on social media.
  3. More than half of Americans aged 30-49 have a social media addiction.
  4. More than 60% of men and over 55% of women are addicted to social media.
  5. More than 33% of the world’s population uses social media.
  6. Women use social media more than men and they spend more time on social media than men do.

5.34 billion people use the internet on their mobile phones.

4.7 billon can be considered active social media users each day.

4.7 billon can be considered active social media users each day.

Officials estimate more than 210 million people across the world suffer from some form of social media addiction.

By the end of 2025, the official number of people who use social media worldwide is estimated to be over 5 billion. That’s half the world’s population. Many experts expect 2 out of 3 people across the world to be social media users by 2030.

The average user spends 2.5 hours each day on some form of social media.

55% of all social media users admit to checking their social media when they are behind the wheel.

2020 saw an average increase of 3.5% of social media use by all people when compared to average social media use in 2019.

Experts believe the number of social media addicts in the United States is 16 million and growing by 2% each year.

71% of the world’s Eastern Asians use at least some form of social media.

78% of the world’s North Americans use at least some form of social media.

71% of the world’s Eastern Asians use at least some form of social media.

83% of the world’s Western Europeans use at least some form of social media.

84% of the world’s Northern Europeans use at least some form of social media.

84% of the world's Northern Europeans use at least some form of social media.

36% of American adult users spend at least some time each day using some form of social media.

Millennials are the most likely of all age groups to become social media addicts.

Top Social Media Addiction Statistics

74% all Americans believe that excessive social media usage has an impact on the overall American suicide rates.

68% of all African-Americans are addicted to some form of social media.

39% of all Americans think that using social media has had an overall negative impact on the health of American society.

50% of all Hispanic Americans are addicted to some form of social media.

57% of all Asian Americans are addicted to some form of social media.

40% of all White Americans are addicted to some form of social media.

65% of American men spend at least 3 hours a day on social media.

79% of African-Americans state they are spending more than 3 hours each day on social media.

65% of Hispanic Americans state they are spending more than 3 hours each day on social media.

76% of Asian Americans state they are spending more than 3 hours each day on social media.

76% of Asian Americans state they are spending more than 3 hours each day on social media.

55% of White Americans state they are spending more than 3 hours each day on social media.

Effects Of Social Media Addiction

1 in every 3 American divorces cite social media addiction as one of the problems that lead to their decision to seek marital separation.

Filling spare time accounts for one of the top reasons why Americans use social media.

41% of all American users feel spending too much time on social media increases the a amount of negativity in their lives.

Users who spend more than 3 hours a day on social media report feeling negative about their personal lives.

33% person of all American users report having ended at least one friendship because of a negative interaction on social media.

Social Media Statistics by Age

84% of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 are on at least one social media platform each day.

81% of all Americans between the ages of 30 and 49 are on at least one social media platform each day.

73% of all Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are on at least one social media platform each day.

73% of all Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are on at least one social media platform each day.

45% of all Americans over the age of 65 are on at least social media platform each day.

43% of teens report feeling bad if they think no one likes their social media posts.

56% of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 are addicted to some form of social media.

56% of all Americans between the ages of 30 and 59 are addicted to some form of social media.

40% of all Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are addicted to some form of social media.

33% of all Americans who are over 65 are addicted to some form of social media.

53% of American children have a smartphone by the time they turn 12.

70% of all American teens are estimated to have at lest a minor addiction to some form of social media.

50% of all American college students report spending more than 3 hours a day on social media.

46% of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 admit to spending more than 3 hours a day on social media.

20% of all Americans over the age of 65 admit they are spending more than 3 hours a day checking their social media accounts.

40% of all Americans between the ages of 30 and 49 admit to spending more than 3 hours a day on social media.

33% of all Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 admit to spending more than 3 hours a day on social media.

Social Media Statistics by Gender

Men tend to favor certain form of social media. Their favorite social media sites are LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter.

3 out of 4 social media users in Southeast Asia are men.

54% of all social media users in North America are women.

52% of all social media users in South America are women.

Western Europe is equally divided in the number of social media users by gender.

52% of all social media users in Southern Africa are women.

53% of all social media users in Oceania are women.

Young single females are most likely to have some form of social media addiction.

70% of American men spend at least 3 hours a day on social media.

65% of American men spend at least 3 hours a day on social media.

Women spend an average of 2.08 hours a day on social media.

Men spend an average of 1.81 hours a day on social media.

Social Media Statistics by Country

Number Of 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

1,425,887,337 people in China are social media users.

1,417,173,173 people in India are social media users.

338,289,857 people in the United States are social media users.

275,501,339 people in Indonesia are social media users.

235,824,862 people in Pakistan are social media users.

218,541,212 people in Nigeria are social media users.

215,313,498 people in Brazil are social media users.

171,186,372 people in Bangladesh are social media users.

144,713,314 people in Russia are social media users.

127,504,125 people in Mexico are social media users.

123,951,692 people in Japan are social media users.

123,379,924 people in Ethiopia are social media users.

115,559,009 people in The Philippines are social media users.

110,990,103 people in Egypt are social media users.

99,010,212 people in The Democratic Republic of the Congo are social media users.

98,186,856 people in Vietnam are social media users.

88,550,570 people in Iran are social media users.

85,341,241 people in Turkey are social media users.

83,369,843 people in Germany are social media users.

71,697,030 people in Thailand are social media users.

67,508,936 people in The United Kingdom are social media users.

65,497,748 people in Tanzania are social media users.

64,626,628 people in France are social media users.

59,893,885 people in South Africa are social media users.

59,037,474 people in Italy are social media users.

54,179,306 people Myanmar in are social media users.

54,027,487 people in Kenya are social media users.

51,874,024 people in Colombia are social media users.

51,815,810 people in South Korea are social media users.

47,558,630 people in Spain are social media users.

47,249,585 people in Uganda are social media users.

46,874,204 people in Sudan are social media users.

45,510,318 people in Argentina are social media users.

44,903,225 people in Algeria are social media users.

44,496,122 people in Iraq are social media users.

41,128,771 people in Afghanistan are social media users.

39,857,145 people in Poland are social media users.

39,701,739 people in Ukraine are social media users.

38,454,327 people in Canada are social media users.

37,457,971 people in Morocco are social media users.

36,408,820 people in Saudi Arabia are social media users.

35,588,987 people in Angola are social media users.

34,627,652 people in Uzbekistan are social media users.

34,049,588 people in Peru are social media users.

33,938,221 people in Malaysia are social media users.

33,696,614 people in Yemen are social media users.

33,475,870 people in Ghana are social media users.

32,969,518 people in Mozambique are social media users.

30,547,580 people in Nepal are social media users.

29,611,714 people in Madagascar are social media users.

28,301,696 people in Venezuela are social media users.

28,160,542 people in Ivory Coast are social media users.

27,914,536 people in Cameroon are social media users.

26,207,977 people in Niger are social media users.

26,177,413 people in Australia are social media users.

26,069,416 people in North Korea are social media users.

23,893,394 people in Taiwan are social media users.

22,673,762 people in Burkina Faso are social media users.

22,593,590 people in Mali are social media users.

22,125,249 people in Syria are social media users.

21,832,143 people Sri Lanka in are social media users.

20,405,317 people in Malawi are social media users.

20,017,675 people in Zambia are social media users.

19,659,267 people in Romania are social media users.

19,603,733 people in Chili are social media users.

19,397,998 people in Kazakhstan are social media users.

18,001,000 people in Ecuador are social media users.

17,843,908 people in Guatemala are social media users.

17,723,315 people in Chad are social media users.

17,597,511 people in Somalia are social media users.

17,564,014 people in The Netherlands are social media users.

17,316,449 people in Senegal are social media users.

16,320,537 people in Zimbabwe are social media users.

13,859,341 people in Guinea are social media users.

13,776,698 people in Rwanda are social media users.

13,352,864 people in Benin are social media users.

12,889,576 people in are Burundi social media users.

12,356,117 people in Tunisia are social media users.

12,224,110 people in Bolivia are social media users.

11,655,930 people in Belgium are social media users.

Social Media Statistics by Platform

The average social media user uses 7 social media over the course of their lifetime.

Kids spend an average of 91 minutes each day on Tik Tok.

Kids spend an average of 71 minutes each day on Snapchat.

Kids spend an average of 41 minutes each day on Instagram.

Kids spend an average of 15 minutes each day on Reddit.

Kids spend an average of 13 minutes each day on Pinterest.

Kids spend an average of 10 minutes each day on Facebook.

Kids spend an average of 7 minutes each day on Twitter.

Facebook

Facebook had over 2.93 billion users every single month who were considered to be actively engaging with the platform during the first quarter of 2022. This is an increase of 2% when compared to the previous year.

71% of Americans state to researchers that they check their Facebook account each day.

71% of Americans state to researchers that they check their Facebook account each day.

23.9% of Americans picked Facebook as their favorite social media platform.

Instagram

50.4% of users named Instagram their favorite social media platform.

12.5% of all users said that using Facebook has had some form of negative affect in their ability to be a parent, interact with others or get enough sleep each night.

57% of all Instagram users are women.

Twitter

15.5% of all users said that using Facebook has had some form of negative affect in their ability to be a parent, interact with others or get enough sleep each night.

480 million people use Twitter each day. 23% are considered by experts to be active users of the platform who use it at least once every single week of the year.

68% of all current worldwide Twitter users are men.

LinkedIn

150 million people use LinkedIn.

5% of Americans report having found some form of job connection as a result of their use of LinkedIn.

10% of Americans are worried their user of LinkedIn may have a negative impact on their career.

27% of all American users of LinkedIn are worried they are spending too much time using this app.

51% of all LinkedIn users are men.

Pinterest

78% of all Pinterest users are women.

100 million people use Pinterest.

10% of all users report feelings of negativity as a result of their use of Pinterest.

15% of American users feel they are spending too much time using their Pinterest account each week.

Tik Tok

Tik Tok is the most addictive social media platform.

Tik Tok is the social media most often blocked by parents.

The average user spends 23.6 hours a month on Tik Tok.

41% of the world’s 4-to-18-year-olds are known to use Tik Tok right now.

41% of the world’s 4-to-18-year-olds are known to use Tik Tok right now.

The average American user spends more than 11 days each year using Tik Tok.

YouTube

55% of all YouTube users are men.

YouTube has 2.47 billion users across the globe.

81% of all Americans report having logged into YouTube at least once in life.

25% of all Americans report using YouTube at least once a week.

Half of all internet users use YouTube at least once a month.

5% of Americans report having set up their own YouTube channel in order to gain followers and make additional income.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp has two billion users across the globe.

16.4% of all global who are aged 18 and over consider WhatsApp to be their favorite form of social media platform.

Gen Z And Social Media Addiction

Gen Z has the highest internet use of all age groups.

54% of all Gen Z users report they would like to curb their daily use of social media time.

58% of Gen Z users say they are spending more time on social media then they would like.

67% of Gen Z users say the use of social media is cutting into other activities they would like to do such as spending more time in person with friends and family.

67% of Gen Z users say the use of social media is cutting into other activities they would like to do such as spending more time in person with friends and family.

Teenage Social Media Addiction Symptoms

About half of all children have at least one social media profile even though the minimum age of use on all social media platforms is 13.

Teens who use their smartphones for more than 5 to 7 hours a day are twice as likely to have symptoms of depression as teens who us their smartphones less than an hour a day.

34% of teens admit to having feelings of being left out of what is going on their community when are unable to use their cellphones.

4 out of 5 American teens slept with their phone next to their bed each night.

4 out of 5 American teens slept with their phone next to their bed each night.

88% of American adults are concerned about how much time their kids and teens are spending on social media each day.

31% of American teens report feeling anxious when they can’t have access to social media.

Signs of social media addiction include spending more than 2 hours a day on social media, using social media to forget about problems, become restless if unable to check your social media accounts and sacrificing other life goals in order to remain on social media.

60% of American college students feel addicted to some form of social media.

Social Media Addiction Treatment

People who spend at least 21.5 hours per week on social media are considered to be addicted to social media use.

57% of social media users find it helpful to set aside time away from social media use on weekends.

67% of all American adults believe that their overall social media consumption is related to their overall feelings of social isolation as well as loneliness.

23% of social media users find it helpful to avoid social media use when are feeling sad.

Curing social media addiction can take the average user up to 4 months to break free.

Eliminating social media use for at least a week can be a good form of initial detox.

The average social media use detox will need to begin with 30 day of no social media use at all.

75% of social media users report having more free time once they’ve stopped using their social media apps.

75% of social media users report having more free time once they've stopped using their social media apps.

A reduction in social media time can help people overcome feelings of narcissism and comparing their lives with other people.

Taking a 24 break in social media use can help people reduce the amount of time they spend each day on their social media accounts and add to their feelings of self esteem.

Dr. Elizabeth Drew
Medical Director

Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth Drew graduated from Hahnemann University School of Medicine and completed her family practice residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown PA. In 2005, she opened her family medicine office in Doylestown, and in 2008 she treated her first patient for opiate addiction.

Since then Dr. Drew has attained her board certification in Addiction Medicine, treated more than a thousand patients for addiction to opiates and alcohol, participated in programs to educate the community, traveled to Washington DC to educate our legislators, and served as Medical Director at some of the best addiction treatment programs in Pennsylvania.

She understands that addiction is a chronic disease that no one would choose to have, and her treatment philosophy is based on respect, compassion, and empowerment. She is excited to be the Medical Director of MPower Wellness and work to provide superior addiction treatment in Chester County.

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