Device usage increase due to the coronavirus worldwide 2020, by generation

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global media device usage varied according to age group, according to a survey held in March 2020, which revealed that 56 percent of Gen Z internet users had used their laptop more since the start of the outbreak, compared to just 27 percent of Boomers. Interestingly, PC and desktop usage remained largely the same across all generations, whilst Gen Z and Gen X were the most likely to be using their smartphone or mobile phone more regularly.

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Increased media device usage due to the coronavirus outbreak among internet users worldwide as of March 2020, by generation

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Source

Release date

March 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

March 16 to 20, 2020

Age group

16-64 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Sample sizes for each country were as follows: 1,004 (Australia), 1,001 (Brazil), 1,003 (China), 1,016 (France), 1,010 (Germany), 1,010 (Italy), 1,079 (Japan), 1,008 (Philippines), 1,008 (Singapore), 573 (South Africa), 1,005 (Spain), 1,040 (UK) and 1,088 (USA).
Question: Which device(s) have you been spending more time using since the start of the coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak?

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