Online users multitasking with other mediaInternet users are multitasking more than ever by incorporating various media into an interconnected media experience - and watching television while online (58.3 percent of respondents) is the most common offline activity connected with internet consumption, reports MarketingCharts, citing a recent online survey by Burst Media. Over four-fifths (82.4 percent) of respondents are involved with another medium, activity or device while online, according to Burst, and among those multitaskers nearly one-quarter (23.6 percent) are "super-taskers" juggling four or more tasks while online. And it's not only the young who media-multitask, nor is one gender significantly more likely to do so: Television viewing is followed by job-related activities (33.0 percent), reading a book (31.1 percent), reading a magazine or newspaper (29.7 percent), talking on a cell phone (23.6 percent), listening to the radio (21.6 percent), school work (17.9 percent), sending text messages by cell phone or other device (17.8 percent) and playing videogames (15.5 percent). In such a hectic, multitasking environment, consumers' attention span is fragmented - and the implication for marketers is that they need to simultaneously direct ad dollars into an array of media choices to capture this fragmented attention, Burst said. Among the findings on how consumers' online habits are changing television viewing: Online content and television programming is often complementary:
- Three out of four (75.6 percent) respondents who watch television while online visit websites directly related to the TV program they watch.
- 6.2 percent of respondents combine online and offline "all the time."
- The segment most likely to view web and related television content are men age 18-24.
- Three-quarters (75.5 percent) of the survey respondents who visit websites about programming they are viewing have done so while watching a TV comedy or drama.
- Women are more likely than men to do this - 79.2 percent versus 72.1 percent.
- Sports programming on television drives 37.1 percent of respondents to the web.
- Men are twice as likely (49.5 percent vs. 24.5 percent) to visit websites about sports programming they are viewing than women.
- About one-quarter of men and women visit websites about music/music video programming they are viewing.
- A plurality (42.4 percent) of respondents say they watch less television today than one year ago.
- About one-third (36.9 percent) say they watch "about the same amount."
- The decrease in TV viewership is most pronounced among respondents 18-24 years old. Among this group, half watch less television today than one year ago.
- Nearly half of women age 25-34 (48.3 percent) and 35-44 (46.7 percent) say they watch less television today than they did one year ago.
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