Baby Boomers Spend the Most Time Online
Survey respondents listed social media sites, reading news content and watching video content as their top three online activities.Time spent online in the past year has dramatically increased —with 45 percent of respondents to a recent survey spending more than 15 hours a week on their laptop, tablet or phone, according to a Limelight Networks survey of 1,302 consumers located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore. More than half of Baby Boomers (51 percent), individuals aged 51-69, are online 15 hours a week, as opposed to Millennials—individuals aged 18-33—at just 41 percent, a somewhat surprising finding considering the stereotype of 20-somethings glued to their mobile devices. "The finding of Baby Boomers leading the way in time spent online was definitely surprising. Of course, we had expected it, intuitively, to be Millennials," Jason Thibeault, Limelight’s senior director of marketing strategy and author of the report, told eWEEK. "But perhaps it's a reflection of Boomers recognizing the Internet's ability to keep them connected with friends and family. As we age, we naturally want to stay connected to friends and loved ones more and the Internet provides the easy means to do that, especially when those friends and family are geographically dispersed." Respondents listed social media sites, reading news content and watching video content as their top three online activities. Reading news content was most popular in 2014. E-commerce finished in fifth place, behind researching products online.
Social media remains the most popular online activity, however Millennials are spending nearly as much time watching online video, which the report said is likely to increase as additional video and streaming options such as live sporting events are made more available.