Most popular smartphone activities of second screen users in the United States while watching TV as of March 2017

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Share of respondents
Check social media, unrelated to video72%
E-mail, unrelated to video67%
Browse the internet, unrelated to video66%
Catch up on news55%
Look up info about/post about something else53%
Play games50%

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This statistic ranks the most popular smartphone activities of second screen users in the United States while watching TV as of March 2017. During the survey period, it was found that 50 percent of respondents who used their smartphone while watching TV played games while doing so. Checking social media was the most popular smartphone second screen activity.
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Release date
May 2017
United States
Survey time period
March 2017
Number of respondents
total survey n=821; smartphone users n = 444
Age group
18 years and older
Special properties
smartphone users while watching TV
Method of interview
Online panel
Supplementary notes
When you are watching video content on a TV screen and using another device, what kinds of activities do you do on your device?

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