European Consumer Preferences For Printed Materials Has Recovered
9th June 2023

European Consumer Preferences For Printed Materials Has Recovered

Good news for print and paper as European consumer preference for printed materials has recovered significantly post-pandemic.
Carried out every two years, the Two Sides Trend Tracker 2023 survey is one of the print and paper industry’s largest in examining consumer preferences and perceptions of print, paper and paper-based packaging. This huge piece of research questions more than 10,000 consumers in 16 countries across the world, from South America and the United States to South Africa and Europe, and provides an assessment of consumers’ attitudes towards print and paper.

At the height of the pandemic in 2021, many consumers had shifted from print on paper to the internet and reading more on digital devices, across all categories of print, including; newspapers, magazines, books, catalogues, bills and statements, tax statements and personal health information. That trend has reversed, however, with consumer preference for print rising significantly over the past two years. This is according to a new consumer survey commissioned by Two Sides Europe and conducted by international research company Toluna. The Two Sides Trend Tracker Survey is conducted biennially to assess consumer preferences and perceptions related to print, paper, paper packaging and tissue products.

The survey shows that the percentage of European consumers who prefer to read printed books has risen to 65%, up from 53% in 2021. The preference for printed magazines is now 51%, up from 35%. The trend for newspapers and catalogues has improved with the preference for print up to 31% from 26%, and to 33% from 21%, respectively. The preference for paper bills and statements is also on the rise, up to 38% from 19%, as is the preference for printed personal health information, up to 39% from 29%.