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Russians polled on their time management

September 30, 2013, 15:40 UTC+3
Respondents admit to wasting time on internet in general and social media in particular
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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Sergei Fadeichev

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Sergei Fadeichev

MOSCOW, September 30 (Itar-Tass) - A quarter of Russians admit to spending too much time on the Internet, according to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM).

“As far as active Internet users are concerned, 48% of them are likely to acknowledge that they spend too much time surfing the web while 34% admit to wasting time in social networks,” sociologists say.  22% of Russians say they spend too much time on the Internet, poll returns suggest. 16% of respondents cannot live without chatting in social networks while only 11% admit they waste time by  checking their email.

Along with wasting time online, every fifth respondent (19%) admitted to spending too much time watching television and using a mobile phone or a smartphone.

WCIOM statistics illustrates that among 18to 24-year-olds, 53% and 44% that respectively the Internet and social media take up too much of their time. These respondents are also more likely to admit wasting time using mobile phones or smartphones (39%). Middle-aged Russians, in turn, say they spend too much time sitting in front of the TV (28%, compared to 14% among young people).

The survey was conducted September 21-22; 1,600 people in 130 cities and villages in 34 Russian regions were interviewed.

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