Report: Time Spent on Social Networks, Blogs Triples in Past Year
Internet users in August spent 17% of their surfing time on social network and blogging sites, nearly triple the percentage of time spent on such sites a year ago, according to new figures released by Nielsen.
“This growth suggests a wholesale change in the way the Internet is used,” said Jon Gibs, the vice president of media and agency insights at Nielsen’s online division.
“While video and text content remain central to the web experience, the desire of online consumers to connect, communicate and share is increasingly driving the medium’s growth.”
Ad spending on the top social network and blogging sites also increased 119% during the period, from approximately $49 million in August 2008 to $108 million last month.