The new 9–5: Most Americans are doing THIS for 8 hours a day during the coronavirus pandemic

A study by OnePoll on behalf of Tubi found that the average American is streaming eight hours of content per day. (Photo by from Pexels)

The time Americans spend streaming has gone through the roof since the start of COVID-19, according to new research.

A study of 2,000 Americans with access to a streaming service found the average person is now streaming eight hours of content per day and binge-watched three shows in the past week.

Time in front of the TV has become a parenting technique for many with children, as 65% of parents polled admitted they’ve been allowing kids to watch more movies and TV shows.

The survey found the average person has access to four streaming services with 38% logging into five or more. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed have turned to free streaming services to watch movies and TV shows to complement their existing subscription services or help cut costs.

Since the start of coronavirus in the United States, three in four admit to using streaming services more.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Tubi, also revealed that 56% of Americans frequently re-watch a show instead of starting something new.

All that re-watching can lead to people feeling out of the loop, as three in five have felt pressure to watch the latest show taking the zeitgeist by storm.

A third even admitted to lying about seeing a show.

However, once people press “play” on a new show, a binge frequently takes over. One in two has completed their shortest binge in 48 hours or less.

Viewers will get crafty in order to try new streaming services. Half of the respondents confessed to starting a free trial of a platform and then canceling it once they finished the show they wanted to see.

The average person employs this tactic three times a year, which is not surprising since 55% named price as a reason to cancel a streaming service.

“The findings of the survey illuminate just how much people are turning to streaming as a way to stay entertained and cope with social isolation,” said a spokesperson for Tubi. “Americans are bingeing more content than ever before, seeking free streaming options alongside subscription services and turning to password sharing as a way to find more content.”

Forty-two percent have shared or received a streaming service password from another person since the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

Two in five confessed to still using their ex’s passwords to streaming services even before coronavirus.

Men were most likely to log into a former partner’s account to watch their favorite movies and TV shows with 47%, while only 41% of women have done the same.

“As more people are staying home to practice social distancing, streaming and entertainment has never been more important,” added the spokesperson for Tubi. “Whether you’re looking for new TV shows and movies to round out your streaming library, or you want to save a bit of money, checking out free, ad-supported streaming services is a great option.”


1. Partner 54%
2. Friend 53%
3. Sibling 42%
4. Mother 31%
5. Father 29%
6. Cousin 29%
7. Co-worker 22%
8. Aunt/uncle 20%
9. Acquaintance 17%
10. Grandparent 14%
11. Someone else 12%


1. Too much money 55%
2. Not using it as much as when subscription started 41%
3. Too many ads 39%
4. Doesn’t have all the shows/content they liked 38%
5. Removed show/content they liked 38%
6. It doesn’t support all their devices 27%

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