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Internet Users Now Spending an Average of 13 Hours a Week Online

 5:12 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

A new Harris Poll [news.harrisinteractive.com] finds that adult Internet users are now spending an average of 13 hours a week online
A new Harris Poll finds that adult Internet users are now spending an average of 13 hours a week online. Of course, people's usage varies greatly; one in five (20%) of adult Internet users are online for only two hours or less a week while one in seven (14%) are spending 24 or more hours a week online.

Over the years the average hours spent online have increased from 7 hours in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, to between 8 and 9 hours in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007, it increased to 11 hours. Last year (in October after the financial crisis broke and before the presidential election) Internet users were online for 14 hours a week, double what it was from 1999 to 2002.

[edited by: bill at 4:55 am (utc) on Dec. 27, 2009]
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 5:56 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think I spend on average 13 hours a day :-) OK, OK, it's probably more like 9, seriously. But I guess I'm not "average" LOL.


 6:29 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm online between 12 and 15 hours a day, with more on the weekends. Yikes!


 8:08 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Add me to the 13 hours/day column. Less on weekends (at least on most Saturdays).

Also, as more and more people get smarter phones, I would expect that amount of time to increase dramatically (although a lot of people may not think of what they're doing as being "online").


 8:37 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

The change from dial-up to cable is probably the main reason for the hour increases. As smartphones improve this will only increase the hours.

One day we'll all plug into the internet...when the machines take over, of course.

[edited by: StoutFiles at 8:39 pm (utc) on Dec. 23, 2009]

travelin cat

 8:37 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm pretty sure anyone that frequents WebmasterWorld spends a lot more then 13 hours a week online.


 9:02 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Seriously. I sometimes feel as though I spend 13 weeks an hour online. Mostly when dealing with sub-par interfaces...


 9:05 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Count me in at very least 8 per day, unless I'm on the road. It's a terrible habit; I made a New Year's resolution last year to "get a life", but it didn't work yet.


 9:19 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I bet half of them are on farmville


 9:54 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I spend at least 5 hours a day online, some days 10+ hours... 95% work related, 4% looking up random info / sports scores 1% shopping... that's about it...

subhankar ray

 10:06 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

It must be all the Facebook and Twitter actions... need to go now, I have to do a status update - 'I am posting at the webmasterword...', and all my 'friends' will be thrilled to know that...


 10:17 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I work online for my day job, and my web business (of course) keeps me on in the evenings.

I am probably well past 13 hours in a day!


 10:43 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I wonder what the average weight of a WebmasterWorld poster is these days, and how that has increased since switching to ADSL?

:Runs and hides:


 10:52 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I guess I'm below average for WW, I only spend 4-6ish hours a day online, and I thought that was excessive. :-)

creative craig

 10:53 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I wake up in the morning - check the waves via a webcam at the local surf spot on my Iphone... the last thing I do at night is refresh before bed.

The rest of the day is a blur :)


 10:57 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

g1smd, I went on Wii Fit the other day for the first time in almost a year. Funny thing it said I gained over 8 lbs. Uh-oh, time to make another new years' resolution LOL.


 1:20 am on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am online for the same amount of time as I was 10 years ago, but 10 years ago I was on that long because of dial up ;)


 5:18 am on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

--- that adult Internet users are now spending an average of 13 hours a week online ---

and their Kids, and Young adults as well, are doing 3 times(if not more) of texting(in all flavors).

At the almost end of last Century I took an extra 11 month/12 hours a day class on Advanced Computer Programming. Till this day same time frame, daily, to learn, freshen up and have a ColdOne.

Fishing with my ^DAD¦KID¦Bro-InLAW is much cooler!


 10:04 am on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

I bet half of them are on farmville

he he he I guess you are right. If not on pet society there are definitely on farmville.


 2:48 pm on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

Farmville is the old people's World of Warcraft.


 5:53 pm on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

I gotta ask - mean or median? Big difference.

I'm also sceptical of all these numbers and would like to know how they get them. For most tasks, self-reporting with time diaries has been shown to be most accurate. Of course, a browser can run an app that logs time pretty accurately (Rescue Time, for example). Set top boxes for television can't tell if you're actually engaged or not.

But even for that, when I'm working, there are times when the only sense in which I'm online is that I'm streaming... what did we used to call it? Oh yeah, radio. I think it used to travel over the air back in the 1900s.

Anyway, I recently saw something that said the average American watches 35 hours of TV per week. So 35+13 = 48.

So, 40 hours of work, plus lunches - 45 hours
Say an average of 5 hours of commuting. I bet it's more than that.
Then there's eating, cooking, buying groceries, bathing. Let's say 2 hrs per day all in. Roughly 14 hours.

And let's say people are only averaging 7 hours of sleep - 35 hours.

48 (TV + internet) + 50 (work and commuting) + 49 (sleeping and eating) = 147.

7x24 = 168.
168-147 = 21.

Really? That leaves only 21 hours for meeting with friends, shopping, walking, exercising, gardening, travelling, writing, thinking, reading, getting drunk, sobering up, fighting, making up, having sex, driving nowhere because you can't stand all the noise in your head, mowing the lawn, changing the oil, harrassing your kids to mow the lawn, trying to fix the snow blower but failing and then having to shovel the driveway, going to Best Buy to purchase all the crap you need in order to make it pleasant to spend 48 hours per week watching TV and surfing the web....

Sadly, it might be so.

[edited by: ergophobe at 6:05 pm (utc) on Dec. 24, 2009]


 6:01 pm on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

Don't forget about online gaming. Xbox live, ps3 etc.

On demand TV being streamed across the web must also have an effect. For me 7-11 hours a day, perhaps a bit more when really involved with something.

I remember with my first large site doing all nighters to get things finished.



 6:48 am on Dec 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is the link broken? It takes me to their press releases page, but I don't see anything about users' time online.


 10:21 pm on Dec 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

I spend quite a bit of time on line each day.
Checking email.
Checking my webstats
On forums
Watching BBC news
A couple of economy blogs
Downloading some stuff.
A bit of surfing for info
Wow it adds up !
But all the time trying to make some money so I can spend my time doing what I want to do !

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