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For Gen Z, It’s Not Just About Short Form: New Study Underscores that Young Americans Remain Engaged with Long-Form TV

Date: Jan 22, 2024

For Gen Z, It’s Not Just About Short Form: New Study Underscores that Young Americans Remain Engaged with Long-Form TV

Horowitz’s latest FOCUS Generation Next study, which tracks the media lifestyles of Gen Z consumers in the U.S., has just been released. While Gen Zers (13-24 year-olds) report spending most of their time with social media, short videos, streaming music, and video games, the study confirms that Gen Zers are still heavily engaged with professional, full-length TV content.

In fact, the study finds that Gen Z audiences are almost as likely to be viewers of professionally produced TV content as they are non-TV content (e.g., short clips, user-generated content, video game live streams, videos on social media, etc.). Eight in ten Gen Zers report watching short-form videos weekly, while 7 in 10 say that they watch TV content every week. The data are similar for both older (18-24 year-old) and younger (13-17 year-old) Gen Zers.

As might be expected among Gen Z, this TV viewing is not just happening on TV screens. In fact, more than half of Gen Zers say they typically watch professionally produced, long-form TV content on their TV sets, while over a third say they typically consume TV content on their smartphones. On the other hand, the smartphone is the device most typically used among 65% of Gen Zers to watch non-TV content. However, nearly 2 in 10 Gen Zers report that they typically watch non-TV/short-form content on their TVs, with older Gen Zers more likely to do so than younger Gen Zers. This suggests that there are opportunities for media brands, digital publishers, and advertisers to engender small-screen behaviors on the big screen, such as sharing/socializing content and v-commerce.

To access TV content that appeals to them, Gen Z streamers use an average of 6.1 streaming services, up from 5.0 in 2020. Usage of FAST services among Gen Zers is on the rise, with the Roku Channel, Tubi, and Pluto TV being the most popular FAST services among this demographic.

The most popular TV content genres among Gen Z viewers include movies, animated series/cartoons (not anime), dramas, and music-related content, with older Gen Zers reporting higher viewership across most of these genres than younger Gen Zers.

“Gen Z are most certainly engaged in long-form content almost as much as they are in short-form. What is interesting to us is thinking about how they might bring their short-form behaviors to the big screen and to their expectations when viewing long-form content and what that might mean from a content development, user experience, and revenue perspective,” notes Adriana Waterston, EVP and Insights & Strategy Lead for Horowitz Research. “Moreover, now that the writers’ and actors’ strikes are over, we are excited to see how these younger audiences will take to some of the new content on the horizon, much of which is designed to appeal to them.”

To learn more about the findings from the new FOCUS Generation Next report, join us for the webinar, The “Tea” on Gen Z, on Thursday, January 25, at 12 p.m. ET. This FREE educational webinar will focus on Gen Z’s behaviors around video content, social media, and sociopolitical issues, and how brands can engage with them in 2024. The webinar will be co-hosted by our insights and strategy lead, Adriana Waterston, and cultural insights strategist, Tarya Weedon. Register now: https://horowitzresearch.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UEOt0VxBSGutj_HCoA_clA#/registration

The full FOCUS Generation Next report provides a comprehensive look at Gen Z’s relationships and behaviors around video content (long form, user generated, eSports, etc.), entertainment (including gaming), relationships with brands, and what brands need to consider when looking to engage these politically aware digital natives. The survey was conducted in October 2023 among 812 Gen Zers (13-24 year-olds) in the U.S., with oversamples of Latinx, Black, and Asian. Data have been weighted to Census.

CONTACT 

For more information about the FOCUS Generation Next report, visit: https://www.horowitzresearch.com/syndicated-research/focus-generation-next/. To purchase the report, schedule an interview with an analyst, or to request specific data, please contact Nicole Cicogna: nicolec@horowitzresearch.com, 347-738-1574.

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