Online time now exceeds offline media consumption globally

Consumers are now spending more time with online media than they are with traditional forms of media. Globally digital including social media and mobile internet usage now accounts for 57% of daily media time.

Overall, consumers now spend an average of 10.7 hours a day with all forms of media and 5.6 hours of that on digital.

The trend to online is most marked in countries such as UAE and China, where total online time, which includes PC, tablet and mobile takes up 7.3 and 5.95 hours respectively.

Offline media such as TV, radio and newspapers still account for the majority of media time in mature internet markets such as the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and US but overall more media time is spent online than offline in 23 out of the 31 major markets tracked by GlobalWebIndex.

Digital 2013 – A Global Analysis of How Consumers Spend Their Media Time is based on more than 32,000 internet users from 31 countries, with surveys answered in the final quarter of 2012.


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TV remains the strongest traditional media taking an average of 2.49 hours a day across all markets, peaking at 3.59 hours in the US. Alternative digital forms of TV still have a way to catch up with China leading growth at 1.14 hours a day.

The report also identifies that news is now the content format that consumers are most likely to source online, particularly in emerging markets such as Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Brazil.

Overall physical print and online news are at parity but physical print still attracts more time than online news in Turkey, Malaysia and China. Globally consumers are spending an average of 0.63 hours with both traditional print and online news.

Other key findings include:

  • Consumers in markets such as Argentina, Malaysia and Thailand spend most time with media both traditional and digital, with Argentina topping the scales at 12.98 hours daily. Consumers in Japan and South Korea spend the least time with the former spending just 7.56 hours.
  • Chinese consumers spend the least time with traditional media, which accounts for just 35% of their media time. Games consoles, online PC and online mobile account for the rest of the 9.43 media hours they consume each day.
  • Social increasingly dominates the time that consumers spend online, globally it accounts for 48% of total digital time, the trend is even more dramatic in emerging internet markets and consumers in Philippines spend 5.4 hours online in social.
  • Online radio is building a strong consumer usage pattern in APAC countries and is now bigger than broadcast radio in Thailand and China, where it takes 0.9 hours per day.

This data shows why it is so critical to build a holistic communications strategy. Consumers worldwide have increasingly digitalised their media consumption and online now dominates the way they spend their day. This is a clear argument for online media to get a greater share of advertising spend, regardless of where you are in the world

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3 comments on this post

  1. John Gregg on

    I am interested in what you have to say, I’d like to learn more about how to market myself online instead of paying people to do it for me. I have a general contracting company for 10 years now out of San Diego, and I think I am pretty well exposed and have a good strong presence online, however there is always more to be done.

    If you would not mind getting back to me with your thoughts on this matter I would appreciate it and if need, I would pay for your advice or services.

    Thank you, John Gregg CEO/ President

  2. wayne on

    Can you share a slide from an asian and lat am market to understand the feel of the report. can you list all countries in the survey?

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