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Average daily media use in the U.S. 2012-2018

This statistic contains data on the average daily media use in the United States from 2012 to 2015, and a forecast from 2016 to 2018. In 2015, an average American spent 132 minutes on desktop/laptop devices each day. While consumers increasingly turn to the internet and mobile devices for entertainment, the weekly time spent with traditional TV has decreased. In the second quarter of 2015, Millennials spent an average of 1,173 minutes weekly watching traditional TV, but this figure decreased to 1,059 minutes (17 hours and 39 minutes) by the third quarter of 2016.

Average daily media use in the United States from 2012 to 2018, by device

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Release date

June 2016


United States

Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Forecast
** excludes digital.
Note: The time spent with each medium includes all time spent with that medium, regardless of multitasking; for example, one hour of multitasking on desktop/laptop while watching TV was counted as one hour for TV and one hour for desktop/laptop.

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