Students Spending More Time Online

A new report from YouGov SixthSense in assosiation with revealed that three quarters of students spend at least 2-3 hours online each day.

15 per cent of students say that they spend over five hours online each day, excluding the time they spent studying.

It seems that students are also favouring online television rather than using traditional viewing habits.

81 per cent of full time students who have internet access watch TV on the internet in one form or another, compared to a national average of 30 per cent online British adults.

The survey revealed that of those students who watch TV online, BBC iPlayer is the most popular choice with 52 per cent, followed by 4oD (25 per cent), whilst YouTube accounts for 13 per cent of student viewing online time.

Almost three quarters of respondents (71 per cent) said that they watch up to two hours of television online every day, whilst 22 per cent spend over two hours catching up with TV programmes online.

Commenting on the findings within the report, research director for YouGov SixthSense, James McCoy said, "It is to be expected that young people, and students in particular, are more tech savvy than the average person. Saying that, I don't think anyone could have predicted such a discrepancy to exist between the number of students watching TV online and the average across all groups."

However, Onlien radio has not had the same reception with a much lower listening rate than online television. 40 per cent of students do not listen to live radio via a traditional analogue radio or a DAB radio, while 62 per cent of students say they don't listen to the radio online either.

Speaking on the low use of online radio amongst students, McCoy said, "This could be partly explained by the growth of streaming services such as Spotify and we7 - both of which have several million users in the UK."

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