Myth: When people watch YouTube on their mobile devices, it's during the day and "on the go"

Reality: The majority of watch time on YouTube is mobile, yet many marketers still believe mobile viewing translates to short, daytime, on-the-go sessions. In fact, when it comes to YouTube viewing behavior, mobile is a lot like TV: The world watches at home, during prime time, and on horizontally oriented screens.

On mobile alone, in an average week, YouTube reaches more adults 18+ during prime time than any cable network does

Apr. 2016 Nielsen

adults report watching YouTube at home on their mobile devices

Jul. 2016 Google/Ipsos Connect

Home mobile YouTube viewing occurs primarily during prime time

Jul. 2016 Google/Ipsos Connect

people default to horizontal viewing when watching videos on their phones

Jul. 2016 Google/Ipsos Connect

YouTube mobile users are 2X as likely to pay close attention while watching YouTube compared to TV users while watching TV

Jul. 2016 Google/Ipsos Connect

Myth: YouTube is only for watching viral videos

Reality: People get lost spending time on YouTube for a lot of reasons. Whether they want to learn, laugh, catch up on pop culture, jam out to their favorite music, or lean back for a show, people can find whatever they're looking for on YouTube.

Almost 4X as many people prefer watching video on YouTube as on social platforms that are less video-centric

Jul. 2016 Google/Ipsos Connect

The top two reasons viewers watch YouTube are "to relax" and "to feel entertained"

Jul. 2016 Google/Ipsos Connect

The top four content categories watched by YouTube users are comedy, music, entertainment/pop culture, and "how to"

Jul. 2016 Google/Ipsos Connect
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of YouTube users watched YouTube to help make a purchase decision

Jul. 2016 Google/Ipsos Connect