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# Time spent metrics

Adobe Analytics offers several ways to determine time spent in Analytics reports. In most cases, time spent is calculated using the following steps:

- For a given hit, look at the timestamp and dimension value.
- Compare this hit with the timestamp of the next hit in the visit.
- The amount of time that elapsed between these two hits contributes to the time spent for that dimension value.

When viewing time spent metrics, keep the following in mind:

- Time spent takes allocation and expiration into account.
- Both page views and link tracking hit types are considered when calculating time spent data.
- Time spent is not measured during the last hit of the visit, since there is no subsequent image request to measure elapsed time.
- Bounces cannot measure time spent, since the visit consists of a single hit.

## Total seconds spent

The total amount of time all visitors interacted with a dimension value, measured in seconds.

## Time spent per visit (seconds)

The average amount of time visitors interact with a dimension value in a visit. Its approximate calculation is
Total seconds spent / (Visits - Bounces)
.

## Time spent per visitor (seconds)

The average amount of time visitors interact with a dimension value across the visitor's lifetime. Its approximate calculation is
Total seconds spent / (Unique Visitors - Bounces)
.

## Average time spent on site (seconds)

The average amount of time spent on your site with the given dimension value. This metric is typically paired with a date dimension to show time spent over time. Its approximate calculation is
Total seconds spent / (Sequences - Bounces)
. Sequences are a series of hits where the dimension value did not change. In most cases, use Time spent per visit instead.

## Average time spent on page

Only available in Report Builder. In most cases, use Time spent per visit instead.