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This takes time to read the terms and conditions of the main apps | Digital Trends Spanish


Experts always advise reading the terms and conditions before installing and starting to use an app. However, this is something that very few users do and the reasons may be time constraints or simply lack of motivation.

An analysis carried out by Visual Capitalist, which includes 21 of the most well-known online platforms, indicates that 97 percent of people between 18 and 34 years old accept the conditions without reading them. According to the study published in 2020, the main reason is the length of the agreements, since even the shortest one exceeds 1,000 words.

According to the research, and taking as a reference an average reading rate of 240 words per minute, we would need more than an hour to complete the more than 15,200 words that are part of the Microsoft terms of use. As analyzed by the consultancy, this is the longest document and is followed by the Spotify and TikTok agreements, with an average reading time of 35 and 31 minutes, respectively.

For their part, the services that have agreements with fewer words are Instagram and Netflix, whose reading times range from 9 to 11 minutes.

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The portal Statista produced a graph with the results of this study, which shows how long it could take a user to read the terms and conditions of the most popular applications. The information includes the time it could take and the length regarding the number of words of the agreement.

In addition to those mentioned, the report also shows that reading the agreements of Apple and Zoom would take more than half an hour, while that of Tinder, Twitter and Uber exceed 23 minutes.

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