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Interpret, a US market research firm, has released data from its quarterly New Media Measure study that tracks media behaviours, device ownership, attitudes and product consumption. Behaviour and trending data from its 2010 first–quarter report reveals the continued proliferation of social networks, further growth of streaming video and the domination of free mobile apps in the marketplace.

The study found that not only have consumers been streaming more movies and TV shows than a year ago (12% and 5% more, respectively), but Netflix has greatly increased its share of the streaming video market, up 36% from the first quarter of 2009. Streaming continues to be the dominant method for consuming content online, as downloading TV and movies has remained flat. The quantity and quality of streaming outlets may have helped curb piracy, as the incidence of illegal downloading of movies (9%) and TV shows (7%) is well below that of music (20%). Consumers claim the convenience and ease of use, as well as the lack of funds to pay for entertainment, are the main reasons they are driven to file–sharing. Social networking shows no hints of waning popularity, as usage of social networks has increased 20% from the first quarter of 2009. Facebook remains the leader, growing 33% over the past year. Facebook has also become a boon for casual gaming, eclipsing Yahoo!as the most visited gaming site among casual gamers–28% in the past month have played a game on Facebook (versus 21% for Yahoo!). " New media behaviors such as social networking and online video consumption have true staying power, " said Josh Bell, executive director, Interpret. " No passing fad, consumers are already weaving these activities into the fabric of their daily lives, and it is all happening extremely fast. Moreover, consumers appear to be turning to legal modes of content distribution, suggesting consumers see tangible value in the experiences video content providers are offering. ","43

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