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Media consumption increase due to the coronavirus worldwide 2020, by country

The coronavirus outbreak has caused media consumption to increase in countries across the globe, with book reading and audiobook listening up by 14 percent, social media usage seeing an increase of 21 percent, and news consumption rising by 36 percent. Some consumers were more engaged with the news than others, with the share of Australians and French respondents who significantly increased their news consumption standing at around eight to ten percent lower than the global total. Perhaps unsurprisingly, comparatively few people spent more time reading newspapers and magazines or listening to the radio (all media pastimes which have waned in popularity in recent years) but time spent on social media and video streaming services grew substantially in some countries, particularly the Philippines. Meanwhile, in nearby Singapore social media usage time grew by just 18 percent.

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Increased time spent on media consumption due to the coronavirus outbreak among internet users worldwide as of March 2020, by country

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Release date

March 2020



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 of the following have you been spending significantly more time doing?
Options were only displayed in this question if the respondent had selected them previously in answer to the question 'Which of the following have you been doing at home, because of the coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak?'
Listening to podcasts was not included in this follow-up.

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