Michael Zimbalist, executive director of the Online Publishers Association, said "The recent ... shifting media consumption patterns of 18 to 34 year-olds demands a deeper look into this important consumer segment. Because this group represents the first 'generation' to have grown up with the Internet, their behavior patterns are a harbinger of future media consumption of the population at large."
18 to 34 year-olds are most likely to go online at home, from work or from school. However, they are significantly more likely than other age groups to access the Web from other non-traditional locations. Within 30 days of the survey date, 24% of this group accessed the Web from a friend/relative's home, 16% accessed the Internet via cell phone, and 8% accessed the Web from a library.
They use the Internet both as a primary source of entertainment and as a resource for entertainment news and information. Forty percent use the Web to help choose a movie to watch (and to find out where/when it's playing), while about one-third use it to view local restaurant and club listings. On a daily basis, an average of 30% of all 18 to 34 year-old Internet users visit an entertainment Web site. 32% typically read the arts/entertainment section of the newspaper and 19% regularly read entertainment magazines.
18 to 34 year old females are disproportionately more likely to visit retail categories than the average Internet user, while male 18 to 34 year-olds are focused on non-retail categories, such as gaming, automotive and sports.
Visitation by Males 18-34 and Females 18-34
Indexed to Total U.S. Online Audience
|Males 18-34 Years Old|
|Service-Free Web Hosting||118||53.9%|
|Females 18-34 Years Old|
|Retail-Jewelry & Luxury Goods||147||8.6%|
Detailed findings from this report can be found at the Online Publishers Association Web site.