Accessibility and Online Video Statistics
On this page, we cover everything from the state of hearing and vision loss, to the rise of social video, to accessibility in higher education.
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State of Hearing & Vision Loss
3.5% of the world’s population live with vision impairment.
That’s 253 million people (36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment).
20% of Americans are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.
That’s 48 million Americans.
10% of all adult Americans have some degree of vision loss.
That’s 23.7 million American adults age 18+.
30% of working professionals have a disability.
62% of employees with a disability have an invisible disability or a disability that one cannot immediately identify upon meeting a person.
60% of those who have hearing loss are either in the workforce or in an educational setting.
71% of people with disabilities leave a website immediately if it is not accessible.
What's Going on with Online Video?
By 2022, online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic — 15 times higher than it was in 2017.
49% of people watch more than five videos per day
20% of disabled people have canceled a streaming service subscription because of accessibility issues.
66% of users feel either frustrated, let down, excluded or upset by inaccessible entertainment.
The most common issues include no captions, bad navigation, and lack of transparency.
Use of Closed Captioning
80% of people who use captions aren’t Deaf or hard of hearing.
Why Do People Use Closed Captions?
Captions help with comprehension of dialogue, clarification of terminology, concentration, and engagement.
To Accomodate a hearing disability
To focus and/or understand the language
To watch video in noisy/quiet environments
Use of Audio Description
Popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have been sued for failing to provide audio descriptions.
Courts have stated that under the ADA, streaming services are considered ‘places of public accommodation,’ and should therefore describe their content.
Currently, Netflix has 549 titles with audio description.
Some seeing people are using these audio descriptions as audio books.
How Do People Use Audio Description?
Audio description promotes learning through auditory means and helps with language development, writing and speaking.
To accommodate a visual impairment
As auditory learning aids and for For language development
To assist those on the autism spectrum
The Rise of Social Video
More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day.
72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every 60 seconds.
Adding captions to YouTube led to a 7.3% increase in views.
80% more people are more likely to watch an entire video when captions are available.
How Organizations Caption Content
In 2020, the #1 driver for captioning was legal compliance.
And the #1 barrier to captioning was cost/budget.
Accessibility in Higher Education
53% of educational institutions said their approach to captioning was primarily reactive.
98.6% of students find captions helpful.
71% of students without hearing difficulties use captions at least some of the time.
65% of students say captions help them focus.
63% of students say captions help them retain information.
50% of students repurpose transcripts as study guides.
Faculty who provided captions ranked higher than faculty who did not provide captions.