Americans Spend Equal Time Online, Watching TV

It's first time Internet has caught up; average is 13 hours a week
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Americans spent an average of 13 hours a week online this year, the same amount they spent watching TV.   (AP Photo/Greg Baker, File)

(Newser) – The Internet is officially as popular as TV: In a first, Americans spent the same amount of time online (an average of 13 hours a week) as they did watching television this year, says a new report on consumer habits. Email remains the most popular online activity, with 92% of Internet users holding an active account. Other findings: 60% of users shop online, about double the percentage of three years ago, and 35% log on to visit a social networking site, up from 17%, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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