Time spent with digital vs. traditional media in the U.S. 2011-2019

This timeline shows data on the time spent per day with digital and traditional (offline) media among adults in the United States from 2011 to 2018, as well as a forecast for 2019. The digital time is expected to increase from 361 minutes (six hours and one minute) in 2018 to 395 minutes (six hours and 35 minutes) in 2019. Meanwhile, daily consumption of traditional media such as television, radio, newspapers, and magazines has declined as digital consumption has increased.

Time spent per day with digital versus traditional media in the United States from 2011 to 2019

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Release date

May 2019


United States

Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Forecast.
Figures have been converted into minutes.
Figures for the period 2011 to 2018 come from earlier publications.
The source provides the following information about the data: "Time spent with each medium includes all time spent with that medium, regardless of multitasking; for example 1 hour of multitasking on desktop/laptop while watching TV is counted as 1 hour for TV and 1 hour for desktop/laptop."
Digital includes mobile (non-voice: radio, social networks, video and other), desktop/laptop (video, social networks, radio and other), and other connected devices. Traditional includes includes TV, radio, print (newspapers and magazines) and other; does not include digital.

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