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2022 National Survey on Consumer Media Habits

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What did we want to understand?

How do homeowners spend their time with various media throughout the day/week?

What information sources were used to make purchase decisions?

What major home improvement purchases were made in the last three years?



Must be at least 18+ and own a home, condo, or townhouse as the primary residence




Panel Fielding


Sept. 12-13, 2022




Geo only, 300 per region: Northeast, South, West, and Midwest


Confidence level: 95% (based on US Census data of 258,213,334 adults 18+.)

Demographic Samples

  • Even distribution among regions
  • 78% of respondents were between ages of 25-64
  • 74% of respondents had HH Income > $50K
  • Household composition skewed married with children
region distribution
a graph showing income distribution
age distribution

Media Use Per Daypart

We wanted to take a simpler approach than other media studies that focus on metrics like time spent. Respondents could pick more than one media and simply reflect on an easy question that naturally uncovers usage habits.

Morning Media

Not hard to picture that Americans wake up and check their phones, but we were surprised by the prevalence of local news and cable news viewing. Streaming plays a lower role in people’s lives in the morning.

What media do you console in the morning

Daytime Media

Internet usage still on top, with streaming taking the number two spot. Are people streaming their favorite Netflix show while “working” from home? Radio usage also jumped during the daytime.


No surprise streaming takes over in the evening, with internet browsing a close second. Not hard to picture consumers sitting on the couch watching their favorite show while simultaneously checking social media, work email, and shopping online.

Before Bedtime

Who doesn’t check their email once more before bedtime? Streaming also is a close second in usage and cable TV/local news once again round out the three and four spots.

Services and Media Used

This section shows which home improvement projects were most popular in the last three years and the media sources used to research options.

Home Improvements

What is your home improvement “market potential?” The data below may shed some light on high-level insights into demand past three years for a wide range of home improvement investments.

Media Sources “Always” used

Respondents were given a variety of media options and asked to select one of three options with respect to using that media to learn about products and services for the home:
Internet Research is the stand-alone winner, surprisingly chosen more than friends and family. All other media takes a backseat in the role it “always” plays in a purchase decision.

How often would yo usay you use these sources to learn about products and services

Media Sources “Sometimes” Used

Now we see a larger role for referrals and media in general, with TV/Cable and Direct Mail tieing for the top two media spots.

Media Sources “Never” Used

Never is a strong indicator and we think looking at the bottom rank of internet is the most interesting insight of this data point. In essence, 94% of respondents used the internet at some point to learn about home improvement products and services.

Digital and Traditional Results

We wanted to find out how big the gap between “traditional” and “digital” media use really is. So we grouped each media and all open-ended responses into traditional or digital. Local news, cable TV, radio and direct mail, for example, would fall into the “traditional” category. Streaming, social media, internet browsing, and podcasts, etc. would fall into the digital category.


One of the key findings of our research stunned us: traditional channels are not dead and digital does not dominate. Rather, consumers seem to live in both worlds simultaneously!

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