Consumers will spend 800 hours using mobile internet devices: Zenith Media Consumption Forecasts 2019

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Zenith Media Consumption Forecasts 2019

People around the world will spend an average of 800 hours using the mobile internet this year – that’s equivalent to 33 days without sleep or pause, according to Zenith Media Consumption Forecasts 2019, published today.

The Zenith Media Consumption Forecasts 2019 suggests by 2021 the total will rise to 930 hours, or 39 full days.

This is the

fifth edition of the Media Consumption Forecasts, which surveys changing

patterns of media consumption since 2011, and forecasts how the amount of time

people allocate to different media will change between 2019 and 2021. Across

the 57 countries that were surveyed, people will spend a collective 3.8

trillion hours using the mobile internet this year, rising to 4.5 trillion

hours in 2021.

Since the first edition was published in 2015, the average amount of time people around the world spend accessing the mobile internet has risen from 80 to 130 minutes a day, at an average rate of 13% a year, spurred on by the availability of affordable smartphones, faster connections, better screens and app innovation. Growth is slowing, though, now that most people in the developed world who want a mobile device have one, and ownership is becoming common in developing markets.

The report forecasts an average of 8% annual growth in time spent on mobile internet devices between 2018 and 2021. It also expects mobile internet use to account for 31% of global media consumption in 2021, up from 27% this year.

Television remains the most popular global medium


remains the biggest medium globally, attracting 167 minutes of viewing each day

in 2019. Television viewing is predicted to fall slowly to 165 minutes a day in

2021.Television will remain the world’s favourite medium throughout our

forecasts, accounting for 33% of all media consumption in 2021, down from 35%

in 2019.

Mobile internet

has eaten into the amount of time people spend with some – but not all – rival

media. Between 2014 and 2019, the average amount of time spent reading

newspapers has fallen from 17 minutes a day to 11, while time spent reading magazines

has fallen from 8 to 4, and time spent watching television has fallen from 171

to 167. Desktop internet use has also fallen, from 47 minutes a day to 40.

However, consumers’ appetite for radio and cinema has remained robust, with radio

listening rising from 53 minutes to 55, and time spent at the cinema rising from

1.8 minutes to 3.0 minutes a day on average, driven by a boom in cinema attendance

in China.

Note that in

this report, time spent with newspapers and magazines only includes time with

the printed editions of these publications, while time spent with television

and radio only includes time with traditionally broadcast channels and

stations. Time spent with online platforms owned by publishers or broadcasters

is counted as internet consumption.

Total media

consumption rises to eight hours a day

The mobile internet has expanded the amount of time people spend consuming media: consumers will spend an average of 479 minutes a day with media this year, up from 420 minutes in 2013. By 2021 they expect the average consumer to spend 495 minutes a day consuming media.

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In India, consumers will spend an average of 320 minutes

a day with media this year, up from 270 minutes in 2013. By 2021, Zenith

estimates that the average consumer will spend 348 minutes a day consuming

media. Television remains the dominant medium --- consumers on an average spend

144 minutes daily on television, up from 140 minutes in 2013.


internet technology has expanded both the amount of time people spend with

media, and what counts as media,” said Jonathan Barnard, Head of Forecasting at

Zenith. “Media now means comparing prices on the high street, sharing jokes

with friends and booking your next holiday, opening up new opportunities for

brands to connect with consumers.”

“To take

advantage of this abundance of media, brands need to communicate with consumers

in the environments that best matches their values, and at the times when consumers

are ready to move along the path to purchase,” said Matt James, Zenith’s Global

Brand President. “This requires investing in talent and technology to unlock

the value of data and create personal brand experiences.”

Mirroring global patterns, time spent on mobile internet

shows remarkable growth in India as well. Media consumption on mobile

internet has gone up from 9.4 minutes daily in 2013 to 54 minutes this year and

is expected to reach 79 minutes by 2021.

Tanmay Mohanty, CEO of Zenith India & Head of Global Partnerships

(India) said, “While television remains the dominant medium, internet

consumption led by mobile shows the fastest growth. There is nothing more

personal to the consumer than the handset and for many in India, the first

taste of media consumption comes from the small screen. Mobile consumption is

only expected to go upwards with falling data prices, increased mobile penetration

in tier 2 & 3markets, availability of low-cost handsets, entry of 5G networks

and explosion in vernacular content formats.  Marketers who adequately

invest in mobile technology and mobile-first strategies will reap the rewards.”

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