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Avg. Time on Page - when does it starts

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Hi,

I am looking at the average time on site for some page.

when does the stopwatch start? 

Is when the page is DOM is loaded, asset downloaded, rendered...?

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Hi Jerome,

Thanks for your question.

Typically the time is figured out once the user moves on to the next page, calculating the time spent on the next page to figure out the time spent on the previous page. What this means is that the time spent on the last page before exiting the site is typically unknown.

More information can be found here if you want to get into the details:

http://help.analyticsedge.com/googleanalytics/misunderstood-metrics-time-on-page-session-duration/

 

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1006253?hl=en


If you need more assistance let me know.

Best,

Shannon

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Thanks for your quick Reply Shannon, I have been through some documentation before asking this question and I have actually not found a clear answers.

Does the clock start once the page is fully loaded and rendered? or should I assume that time on the page included the time to fully render the page too https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2383341?hl=en

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Hi Jerome,

Thanks for the follow up.

That is an interesting question and I plan to do some research for you the middle of next week (we are having an extended holiday here for the 4th of July).

If this issue gets handled on your end let me know so I can stop with the research.

Thanks.

Best,

Shannon