How Tablets — Not Phones — Have Taken Over The Lives Of TV Viewers

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This is the final of a five-part series called "The Tablet Effect." This series takes a look at how tablet devices are changing the way advertisers think about advertising dollars. "The Tablet Effect" is sponsored by Yume.

As more and more mobile devices proliferate the market, you might start noticing more iPhones or tablets in the lap of someone watching TV than bowls of popcorn.

According to a new Nielsen report, 40 percent of Americans use their smartphones or tablets while watching TV at least once a day. Almost 80 percent use a second screen at least once a month.

But even though smartphone penetration has reached more than 50 percent and tablets are only in 20 percent of homes, 41 percent of tablet owners use their devices at least once a day while watching TV — which is 2 percent more than Americans who own and simultaneously use their smartphones.

This is huge news for advertisers trying to create second screen television experiences to mobile devices, especially considering that tablet penetration is only going up.

But there are a few important details they should know about the tablet audience.

First off, as shown in the graphic below (click to enlarge), simultaneous TV and tablet users skew slightly older.

Smartphone and tablet users are also doing different things with their devices when they watch. For example, 36 percent of people aged 35-54, and 44 percent of people aged 55-64, look up more information about the shows they are watching on their tablets. Smartphone users are primarily checking social media sites.

While more women than men use their smartphones while watching TV, the gender divide is even for tablets.



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