Israelis are the world's leading Internet users, spending an average of 57.5 hours per month surfing the Web, compared to a global average of only 31.3 monthly hours per surfer, an international survey conducted by the American-based comScore Networks revealed.
According to the study, 694 million people above the age of 15 across the world surf the net regularly, a figure representing 14 percent of the world's population in this age group, Israel's leading daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
The United States tops the list in terms of the number of Web users, with 152 million Internet subscribers nationwide, while China follows with 72 million people connected to the net, and Japan taking third place with 52 million. Germany and Britain rank fourth and fifth respectively, with some 30 million surfers in each country.
Notably, the study did not include surfers under the age of 15 or public Internet hookups such as in Internet cafes or universities.
While Israelis may take pride in the poll's findings, other recent studies that concentrated on the virtual world showed that Israelis also "excel" in their rudeness and inflammatory language when it comes to online talkbacks, to an extent unmatched by any other country in the world.