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Weekly News Digest

October 11, 2022 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

CLICK HERE to view more Weekly News Digest items. Studies How People Spend Time Online

Peter Christiansen writes the following for

We here at are deeply interested in how internet access shapes people’s lives, and we believe the best way to understand such topics is to get firsthand information from internet users themselves.

We asked 1,000 people about their online habits and how they’ve changed since last year. While some activities, like dating, mostly happen online these days, there are still plenty of things people prefer to do in person. For example, while telehealth allowed many at-risk people to still see their doctors during the height of the pandemic, most people still prefer to go to their doctor in person.

Key findings include the following:

  • People spend about 8 hours online every day. The average amount of time respondents spent actively using the internet on a phone, tablet, or computer was 8 hours every day. This isn’t including more passive activities, such as streaming music or video in the background while doing other tasks.
  • Internet usage is still increasing. Compared to last year, 44.7% of respondents said their internet usage had increased. Only 10% reported that their internet usage had decreased since last year, while 42.3% said their internet usage had remained about the same.
  • People stream music in the background. The average American spends about 5 hours per day streaming music, podcasts, or other audio content. Those who regularly stream music or audio only give it their full attention 38% of the time as compared to streaming TV and movies, which people give their full attention 58% of the time.
  • 75% of Americans research purchases online. Although people said that they preferred to shop for most things in person rather than online, 75% of our respondents said they always or frequently research products online before buying them. …

For more information, read the article.

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