Attest, a consumer research platform, has released its third annual US Media Consumption Report and the findings point to more seismic shifts in what American eyes and ears are tuning into in 2021.
For brands trying to navigate the second coming of the ‘Roaring 20s’, a digital ad spend boom, and a general fatigue for bad news, the report points to a significant decrease in viewers’ desire to sit in front of a TV screen for prolonged periods of time.
The report delves into Americans’ habits across television, audio, news and social media, and its main findings are:
Social is America’s favourite media to engage with:
Decrease in binging of TV:
Streaming TV overtakes live:
Turning off the news & escaping reality:
Breakdown of Americans’ Media Habits
Americans’ favourite social media platform is YouTube, with 87 per cent using the platform at least once during the month, followed by Facebook (81.9 per cent). However, consumers are more likely to use Facebook on a daily basis (54.1 per cent) compared to YouTube (45.3 per cent). Meanwhile, TikTok saw substantial growth from 2020’s report with just under half of Americans using the platform at least once over a month (48.3 per cent). The vast majority of consumers also appear to have missed the Clubhouse craze with 82.9 per cent saying they never use the platform.
Unsurprisingly, Gen Z (aged 18-25) used social media on a daily basis the most out of all those polled (at 96 per cent), strikingly, however, the boomer generation (aged 55-66) came next (at 87 per cent).
In tandem with a decline in bingeing on TV content, Americans are listening to more radio this year, with just 10.9 per cent saying they never listen to the radio (compared to 20 per cent in 2020). Additionally, for the first time since this report was launched, more than half of consumers say they listen to podcasts (55.9 per cent), compared to 48.7 per cent in 2020.
Netflix dominates in the streaming wars, with nearly one in seven Americans having a subscription (69.4 per cent). This is followed by Amazon Prime which is used by over half (52 per cent) and Disney Plus (36.9 per cent) as the most popular streaming services amongst consumers.
News media (print and digital)
Over two-thirds (67.2 per cent) of consumers say they do not have any paid-for content subscriptions for news media. Of the minority who do subscribe, somewhat surprisingly in 2021, digital subscriptions (19.5 per cent) are only just ahead of print (18 per cent).