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Internet Usage and Importance Expand
JULY 2, 2007
The Internet leads a rise in most media usage.
The Internet is the most essential medium for consumers and newspapers are the least,
according to an Edison Media Research study conducted by Arbitron in January and
February 2007. Respondents were all from the US and ages 12 and older.
Over a third of consumers deemed newspapers "least essential," while nearly a quarter
felt that way about the Internet. Both radio and television had the fewest "least essential"
mentions, at 18%.
Larry Rosin of Edison Media Research said, "It is not a stretch to say that the Internet
has become just as important as television as an important source of information and
entertainment in the lives of Americans."
Over a third of respondents said they were using the Internet and television more than in
2002. Radio was the only medium to take a major hit, with an equal percentage of
respondents saying they used it more and less.
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Equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson measures time spent with media by using ratings
data, survey research and consumer purchase data. Between 2000 and 2006, US
consumers increased their total media time by 5%, from 3,333 hours per year in 2000 to
3,499 in 2006. Veronis Suhler estimated that media usage will rise to 3,518 hours in
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Put another way, that is an average of 9.6 hours a day of media exposure in 2006, up
from 9.1 hours in 2000.
Consumers don't always use one type of media at a time. Read the eMarketer
Multitasking Consumers: Distracted or Connected? report to learn more.
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