Another Nail in Print’s Coffin

May 17th, 2010 by Bob Bly

According to an article in The Record (5/15/10), here is how average daily media use breaks down among 8 to 18-year-olds:

*Television — 4 hours and 29 minutes.
*Music/audio — 2 hours and 31 minutes.
*Computer — 1 hour and 29 minutes.
*Video games — 1 hour and 13 minutes.
*Print — 38 minutes.

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31 responses about “Another Nail in Print’s Coffin”

  1. Paper Shredder said:

    Sad I wonder if their print media consumption is really even that high.

  2. Greg said:

    I am surprised that print consumption is that high.

  3. Commercial Photographer said:

    That ads up to 10 hours and 20 minutes. Do kids really waste that much time per day?

  4. Clay said:

    The common debate among any and all media, including print, television and radio, is how to capture and keep the youth market.

    My second observation is does this include the online companion for print publications? Certain print pubs might have higher young readership for their online versions.

  5. Joel Heffner said:

    I’d be more interested in seeing the category “Print” turned into “Reading” time. It matters little where youth get their reading material…as long as they read!

  6. Joseph Ratliff said:

    I would be interested to see this compared to the 19 – 29 year old group, then the 30 – 39 etc…

    I think we might consume more “print” as we get older (i.e. how many teens read the newspaper?)

    Obviously, if the older groups show the same patterns, or close, we might be trending towards the “death of print”.

  7. William Reynolds said:

    I’m amazed that television is hanging in there, considering how people have gotten used to receiving everything through the Internet.

  8. Idris said:

    Yup.

    I had one client who had gotten about 60 responses from their ads when they started advertising… then it dwindled down to 25 and, they are constantly in the RED…longing so hard for the good ol’ days.

    I managed to rescue their ad, turn things around for them, get them the numbers they want plus – reduce their costs at the same time, all, while fighting really retarded regulations the newspaper publishers impose on advertisers which literally kill off response.

    For example, one of the regulations I had to fight was this… literally word for word;

    “Font type used should not be similar to the respective publications the advertisement
    is placed. Sans Serifs font types (without tails) should be used.”

    The other is…

    “The word ADVERTISEMENT or ADVERTISING FEATURE is to be conspicuously shown…”
    (Gary Halbert has a very good suggestion on how to side step this one, but it’ll add about $100 per insertion for his tactic to work)

    And a whole plethora of words that are banned. Advertisers cannot use certain words in the ads or risk the ad being disapproved.

    These newspapers deserve what’s coming to them, people are moving online and papers will die a certain death.

    There’s even a website dedicated to this;
    newspaperdeathwatch.com

    Sayonara newspaper…

    P.S.: I was combing about 15 magazines from Australia, USA, UK and Singapore at my local Borders and found ZERO proper direct response ad. That’s a very telling sign, I thought to myself, I repeated the process with The International Herald, Wall Street Journal and a handful more international papers, results?… SAME THING. Zero proper direct response ads. Game over “offline”.

  9. flyingcows said:

    this is interesting statistics, I’ve never thought that print has so much influence over the others.

    Must be a very good copy I guess… :)

  10. ryan anys said:

    I would like to see those statistic broken down by age group. My experience shows a very sharp division along age lines. Individuals over 50 spend much more than 38 minutes a day in the consumption of print media. It’s all about the target audience.

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