Context:

  • My partner is Brazilian
  • I’ve spent time in Brazil
  • There is a large Brazilian community where I live
  • I have multiple friends & colleagues that are from Brazil

Having said all of that, Brazil is massive so I still only have a small sample size to go off of.

The Question I was chatting with my partner about screen time the other day. They were saying that there time has gone down recently (it’s about 6.5 hours per day on average).

If we’re watching a TV show and we pause to get some refreshments, they’ll go straight to Instagram/TikTok while I’m up. It’s not even that I’m up for a long time — like 2 minutes

It got me think about the other Brazilians I know. The vast majority of them would be the same. I noticed this while in Brazil as well, basically everyone used Instagram for news and gossip (all the time).

Again, my sample size is pretty small compared to the population of Brazil but from my experience working and engaging socially with people from all over the world, Brazilians seem to be at the top of this “list” of always being online. Is all of this true (for the most part) across the population or is just skewed significantly for me?

personal context, I average 3.5-4.5 screen on time per day. I do use my phone for work as well, so occasionally it’s higher

  • Hereforpron2@lemmynsfw.com
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    8 months ago

    Here in the US, a huge population goes straight to their phone any time they have more than 20 unoccupied seconds. It’s just reflex for many, not sure it’s specific to any given country at this point.

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    8 months ago

    It’s almost as bad everywhere in the world. The only true way to avoid this is to do activities outside where using your phone is inconvenient.

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      8 months ago

      Another alternative is the “cellphone box”. I got a friend who does this all the time when he invites us to his home; you put the cell phone in a cardboard box as you enter his house, and forget about it until you pick it up as you leave. He does this because he wants people to actually chat and drink instead of staring their cell phones, it works great.

      …that makes me wonder if, due to the decreasing role of religion and the lack of other decent “third spaces”, the internet isn’t filling this role, not just in Brazil but across the globe. I mean… at least in my city the third spaces would be mostly bars and malls, that’s fine for some but not for most people.

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    8 months ago

    From my experience most younger people have this problem. I do have a Brazilian friend that is abnormally chronically online though, and definitely uses the internet differently. He always finds the weirdest, most disturbing stuff from WhatsApp and Facebook.

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    8 months ago

    Mostly true. It reaches the point of being anti-social behaviour disguised as socialisation - you can’t hold a decent conversation with some people any more, as they don’t stop staring their bloody cell phones. And if you don’t have IG/FB/TT (like I don’t) they look at you like you were an alien.

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    8 months ago

    Can confirm, almost everything is done through apps here, especially the green one, consequently the screen time is very high.

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        8 months ago

        Then you get socially isolated, simple as. It’s gotten to a point where even the government has started issuing digital only documents like the voter ID card. Not to mention some stores and services have no way of communication outside WhatsApp.

        The “good” thing is that, despite their steep price, basically everyone has a smartphone, even beggars carry them.

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          7 months ago

          the government has started issuing digital only documents like the voter ID card

          I remember having a blast cursing the gov.br’s ass-backwards UX (one screen for login, the next screen you put the password) and its utter inability to fucking reset my fucking password. Seriously, the page would display a stupid javascript error clearly indicating that no-fucking-one tested that shit.

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      8 months ago

      I remember from my time spent there that a lot of time was spent on the green one. I was taken aback by how much time it was, but it also makes sense when you consider that a lot of business is also done through that app

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    7 months ago

    Why do you think this has anything to do with Brazil? And why is this necessarily a bad thing? You think people should just be staring at the wall while they wait for you?

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      7 months ago

      I noticed it the most with my colleagues/friends who are Brazilian. It sparked my curiosity so I asked. I mentioned in my post that my sample size is small (in the grand scheme of things) and my data might be skewed.

      No. I was curious and asked a question. My question was more related to how often these things happen and for how long.

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    8 months ago

    My DND group has a Brazillian Doctor. I can’t speak for all of Brazil, but he was as active as I am, until he started working.

    The internet is good filler when nothing else is happening for you.

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    7 months ago

    Brazilian here, from the capital. Just this morning I saw a bit on the news saying that we (Distrito Federal) have the highest cell phone use time per day of the country.

    As personal anecdotes and observations (also very limited to my geographic location), people here still care way too much about tiktok and instagram. For a lot of them, it’s where they get their news, as the very local (amateur) news have a profile on either or both. Besides that, shitty memes galore.

    Me being the “weirdo” that scoffs at social media, I can’t say much besides what I can see. My screen time is almost entirely on computer, the phone getting my attention just to message people on whatsapp.

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    7 months ago

    I think people should worry more about keeping their attention span in check rather than solely focusing on screen time.

    Most people these days are going to spend a significant chunk of their time online, so I don’t think it’s only just Brazil.

    I notice people getting bored in the middle of conversations and pulling up their phones. It’s quite annoying but I got used to it.