Israelis are the world’s top users of social media, with 77 percent of adults active on digital social platforms, according to a new survey published by the Pew Research Center.
Israelis also come second in ownership of smartphones, with 88 percent of the population owning at least one. South Korea came in first in smartphone ownership with 95 percent
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Younger Israelis, as well as those with higher levels of education and income, were more likely to be active on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Women are also slightly more active than men, the survey showed.
Mobile technology has spread rapidly around the globe. Today, it is estimated that more than 5 billion people have mobile devices, and over half of these connections are smartphones, according to the survey.
Smartphone ownership can vary widely by country, even across advanced economies. While around nine-in-ten or more South Koreans, Israelis and Dutch people own smartphones, ownership rates are closer to six-in-ten in other developed nations like Poland, Russia, and Greece.
In emerging economies, too, smartphone ownership rates vary substantially, from highs of 60 percent in South Africa and Brazil to just around four-in-ten in Indonesia, Kenya and Nigeria. Among the surveyed countries, ownership is lowest in India, where only 24 percent report having a smartphone.