What would a region obsessed with using mobile internet do during a year of almost no socialising? It’s a rhetorical question.

Southeast Asia’s mobile internet consumers spend well over the average of 3hr 13min busy on chats, watching videos, buying stuff online, according to a 2019 report report Google e-Conomy SEA 2019 Read more from Google and Singapore sovereign fund Temasek. And 2020 was just icing on the cake. The region registered a marked increase in mobile downloads and mobile spending, reversing an annual decline and slowing growth in the previous year.