Kids now use Internet more than TV

TV & Radio lose out to Internet among Youth audience

EIAA research reveals increasing and more sophisticated usage of the Internet among 15-24 year olds

London, 21st June 2005 – 15-24 year olds across Europe are spending less time watching TV and listening to the radio as a result of using the Internet, according to research from the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA), the pan-European trade organisation for sellers of interactive media. Almost half of 15-24 year olds (46%) are watching less TV, preferring instead to browse the web while 22% are listening to less radio. A third of those questioned are even reading less, choosing to consume information over the Internet.

Activities done less as a result of using the Internet:
Watching TV 46%
Talking on the phone 34%
Reading newspapers 33%
Reading books 32%
Listening to the radio 22%

Across Europe, this key target audience is spending almost a quarter of their media time (24%) online, more than reading newspapers (10%) or magazines (8%). In comparison, the average European devotes 20% of their media activity to the Internet. Among 15-24 year olds, TV continues to represent the largest share of media time at 31% with radio just ahead of the Internet on 27%.

Music to your ears
Music dominates online activity for this age group with the Internet providing a cheaper and more convenient means of purchasing and downloading tracks. A quarter of 15-24 year olds are now buying music online having previously purchased it in the shops. Almost half of those questioned (47%) would be prepared to pay for music download services, while 52% of youths listen to music online now instead of elsewhere.

Game on
Gaming is also a popular online activity for the youth market. 25% of 15-24 year olds would be prepared to pay for online gaming services. 40% had visited a games website within the past 7 days, while 17% had purchased a computer game online.

Online Chat
The EIAA research also reveals the extent to which youths are using the Internet to communicate with friends, with 58% preferring to chat to friends over the Internet. Meanwhile, over a third admit to talking less on the phone now that they are online while 26% send less text messages.

“The 15-24 age group is the holy grail for most advertisers and the EIAA research conclusively demonstrates the extent to which the internet now represents an essential media for this audience, increasingly replacing other media including TV and radio,” said Michael Kleindl, Chairman of the EIAA and CEO of Mailprofiler Technology Solutions AG. “If advertisers are to reach this key audience effectively, the proportion of online as part of total ad spend will have to rise significantly.”

The EIAA Pan-European Media Consumption Study interviewed 7,000 people in 8 countries and was undertaken by leading global research agency Millward Brown in late 2004. The study was designed to quantify how people allocate their time across media in Europe and to gauge consumer perceptions of the internet and the role it plays within their media selection.

(Source: EIAA )