Survey Shows Americans Would Rather Give up Their Televisions, Smartphones and Tablets Than Their Computers

Westerners Most Likely to Have Smartphones; Those in Central Region Least Likely

Women More Likely to Have Various Devices than Men

NEW YORK--()--A new Clear Channel Media & Entertainment survey upends some commonly held misconceptions about the use and ownership of electronic devices, including the fact that respondents would rather keep their computer and give up their TV, smartphone and tablet if they could only use one device for a year.

Western states love their smartphones: In what will likely come as a surprise to the fast-paced, connected population on the East Coast, respondents from Western states were more likely to have a smartphone (56%) than those in the Northeast (46%) and the Midwest (42%).

Women have more electronics: When it comes to smartphones and tablets, women are actually more likely than men to own these gadgets — 52% of women have smartphones vs. 43% of men; and 31% of women have a tablet or e-reader compared to 25% of men.

Multitasking: Media multitasking is now mainstream across all media channels. 65% of respondents have been online while watching TV at the same time; 59% have been online while listening to music; and even 25% of respondents watch TV and listen to music at the same time.

Consumers want their gadgets close by — day and night: Only one in ten consumers (11%) think it is “no big deal” if they accidentally leave their smartphone at home for the day. A large majority (78%) keep their smartphones in the bedroom at night, with 60% keeping their phones within arm’s reach on the nightstand.

Does constant connection come with a price? Though almost 70% of smartphone owners feel “connected” most or all of the time, they are split on the benefits, with 51% saying they “love it” and 49% saying it “has its pluses and minuses.”

Music is the ultimate “mood-enhancer”: Two out of three consumers choose to turn on music (59%) rather than TV (39%) when they are looking to change their mood.

“Consumers continue to change rapidly and surprise us. Preconceptions about men and women, young and old, are always tested,” said Radha Subramanyam, Executive Vice President of Insights & Analytics, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment. “This research helps sketch out a picture of how Americans spend their time – and what their priorities are.”

Other findings include:

  • More than 70% of those who stream live radio on their smartphones have streamed a live radio station from a different locale than where they live.
  • Smartphones are a constant “accessory” and almost half of consumers (45%) use their smartphone cover or case to reflect their tastes or personality.
  • Regarding other accessories, when using headphones, two in every three listeners still prefer earbuds to the over-the-ear headsets.

About the Survey

The online survey was conducted by Vision Critical May 17-18, 2013 among 1,008 Americans ages 18 and over. Email invitations were sent to a nationally representative sample selected from Vision Critical’s U.S. market panel, Springboard America. The survey was fielded in association with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment.

About Clear Channel Media & Entertainment

With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others.

The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company.

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Angel Aristone
VP, Marketing & Communications
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment

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Angel Aristone
VP, Marketing & Communications
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment