Seven out of ten of online adults now use video-sharing sites
July 26, 2011
• More broadband availability plus mobile helps growth
• ‘People use these sites for every imaginable reason’
Fully 71 percent of online Americans use video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, up from 66 percent a year earlier, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The use of video-sharing sites on any given day also jumped five percentage points, from 23 percent of online Americans in May 2010 to 28 percent in May 2011.
Rural Internet users are now just as likely as users in urban and suburban areas to have used these sites, and online African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than internet-using whites to visit video-sharing sites.
“The rise of broadband and better mobile networks and devices has meant that video has become an increasingly popular part of users’ online experiences,” says Kathleen Moore, author of the report. “People use these sites for every imaginable reason – to laugh and learn, to watch the best and worst of popular culture and to check out news. And video-sharing sites are very social spaces as people vote on, comment on, and share these videos with others.”
The findings come from national survey findings from a poll conducted on landline and cell phones, in English and Spanish, between April 26 and May 22, among 2,277 adults (age 18 and older). The margin of error among the internet users is +/- 3.7 percentage points.