Say a user spent 10 mins on a webpage.

Can I say that this user's "residence time" on this webpage is 10 mins? Or is there any other better phrase to express this?

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    Would this be better on the UI page? I’m pretty sure they have a term for this. – Jim Nov 22 '18 at 4:08
  • The residence time is the average time that a unit of feed stays in a vessel or stage during a continuous process. So its better to used – Aqib Mehmood Nov 22 '18 at 4:46
  • As @Jim noted: Better on User Experience – Kris Nov 22 '18 at 7:08

The following site suggests the expressions “time on page” and “session duration”:

In many Google Analytics reports, you’ll see metrics called ‘Time on Page’ or ‘Session Duration’. If you’re asking “What does that mean”, with any metric you can hover over the “?” beside the metric name to understand what it is.

Time on Page: The average amount of time a user spends on the page on your website.

What about Time on Site? Time on Site isn’t actually called that any more – it’s called ‘Session Duration’. Going forward, I’ll refer to it as Session Duration, although these names are interchangeable. Session Duration: How long a user spent on your site in total.


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When a human visits a website, they "engage" with it- user engagement, [level of]. While not a measure of time, for human visitors, it may be viewed as "quality time" spent on a website as opposed to robot visitors and page loads.

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  • Are there any other types of users apart from humans? A visitor is a visitor, a user is a user. Never heard someone being called a human user on a website. – Mari-Lou A Nov 22 '18 at 7:20

This is known as Dwell Time

Described on this WordStream blog as:

Simply put, dwell time is the actual length of time that a visitor spends on a page before returning to the SERPs1

1SERP: Search engine results page

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