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« on: February 26, 2005, 12:58: PM »

Robyn Greenspan
09/21/2004

This article can be found online at the following location:
http://www.clickz.com/stats/sectors/demographics/article.php/3411031

The Online Publishers Association (OPA), in conjunction with Frank N.
Magid Associates, Inc., released their Generational Media Study today,
finding the Internet has edged out TV as the medium of choice for 18 to
54-year-olds. Further, the Internet ranks highly across generations when
compared to more traditional forms of media.

OPA president Michael Zimbalist called the study, the final report in a
research series primarily focused on 18 to 34-year-olds, a "bookend on
behavior and observations."

Some 45 percent of the 1,235 survey participants indicate the Internet
is their top choice for media, followed by TV at 35 percent. Trailing
much further behind are books, radio, newspapers, videos/DVDs,
video/computer games, and magazines.

"The Internet has become pervasive," said Zimbalist. "If you think about
five years ago, it wouldn't be as easy as going into the park and
getting Internet access. It's much different from going upstairs,
booting up, dialing up."

An Internet preference becomes more pronounced as the study drills down
into the generational breaks. Roughly half the youngest survey
participants -- 18 to 24-year-olds -- cite the Internet as their top
choice if they had to choose only two media for the rest of the lives;
compared to 44 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds, and 43 percent of 35 to
54-year-olds.

On the other side of the media coin, television was the top choice for
39 percent of 35 to 54-year-olds, compared to 37 percent of 25 to 34-year-
olds, and just 28 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds.

"You can see that across all generations, the Internet is the medium
where they are all spending more time than a year ago," said Zimbalist,
referring to the roughly 50 percent across the age groups who say they
engaged in the activity more recently.

"About 80 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds regularly use the Internet,
considerably higher than any other age group," noted Zimbalist, adding
there are striking behavioral similarities across the ages.

The Internet outdistanced magazines for product and music information,
but fell way behind TV for viewing video. "The one thing we think is
interesting is the head-to-head comparison. The Internet is
qualitatively as good at or better than other media," he said.

"Another key finding," Zimbalist added, "is the Internet has become so
familiar, it is not a new medium anymore."

Survey participants said they would turn to the Internet first for
information about products, hobbies and interests, music, gaming, and
entertainment. "People are starting to look at the Internet as fun, not
just a purposeful utility. It kind of holds true across the ages,"
Zimbalist noted.

However, participants report television is their primary source for news
and entertainment, but Zimbalist said the norm is for consumers to move
back and forth between media. For example, viewers see news on
television, then look it up on the Web; or, they avoid waiting on long
lines in stores to shop online.

These media usage observations recall findings from an April study the
OPA conducted with Greystone Communications. That ethnographic study
revealed 18 to 34 year-olds often use media in tandem with one another,
alternating between foreground and background consumption.

While not part of the Generational Study, Zimbalist shared the Internet
scored the lowest among the other forms of media in regard to attitudes
about ads and whether they were noticed. "Advertisers are now paying
more attention to the quality of their creative online. We see an uptake
in rich media."
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