The survey was conducted among adults who use at least two tech platforms (including e-mail, text or social) to connect with others during a given week.
What the survey found is that Americans are spending more time than ever online – about 23 hours per week on average. That’s nearly a full day out of a seven-day week.
Drilling down further, the survey found that e-mail communications continues to be the most prevalent online activity, but it’s followed closely by Facebook:
- Average time per week spent on e-mail communications: 7.8 hours
- Average time spent on Facebook: 6.8 hours
- Average time spent on YouTube: 5.0 hours
- Average time on Google+: 4.3 hours
- Average time on Twitter: 4.2 hours
In keeping with these findings, the survey also found that e-mail and Facebook are where most respondents log in most often to communicate with others:
But here’s another interesting finding from the survey: From time to time, even the most digitally connected people find themselves fatigued by all of their online activity.
In fact, nearly 55% of the survey respondents reported that they had “walked away from technology at least occasionally” in the past year to gain more in-person time.
An even larger ~62% reported that they plan to reduce their “tech socializing time” in the upcoming year and instead focus on more face-to-face interaction.
Speaking personally, e-mail and YouTube are indispensable to me. Facebook is a “nice to have” platform when it comes to keeping up with friends and family — and I usually check in once a day. But I have gone as long as two weeks without logging on and haven’t felt worse for it.
I spend far less time on Twitter than the survey average … and I don’t even have a Google+ account (nor do I have any plans to set one up).
What about you? Based on your experience, does 23 hours of online activity weekly seem excessive – or close to the mark?
Do you take “online vacations” periodically? And which online activities are most important and valuable to you? Please share your thoughts here.