Americans Watch TV, Go Online More Than Ever

Simultaneous use of Internet and TV up, studies show
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2009 5:09 PM CDT
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(Newser) – More Americans are vegging in front of the TV and relaxing online these days, the Chicago Tribune reports. While most Americans use the Internet to keep up with the latest economic news, about 74% of that group also go online to chill out. Meanwhile, the average American is watching a record 141 hours of TV monthly, in an age when TVs outnumber residents in the average home.

"There's plenty of opportunity for people to watch television anywhere, anytime," says Nielsen spokesman Gary Holmes. With laptops and smart phones handy, 57% of Americans also watch TV while perusing the web at least once a month. "The reason that more people are consuming more media is that they have more opportunity to do so," Holmes says.