A while back, I wrote a blog post asking the question “Is Facebook More Important To Us Than Food?“. According to the stats in that post, not only was Facebook more important than food, but we spent more time on Facebook than eating and drinking, more time on Facebook than doing our household duties, and as much time on Facebook as we do caring for our families. Add to that the fact that Facebook is eating into other quality time like sleeping and work, and Facebook has become a serious distraction in our lives. And the obsessions doesn’t seem to be stopping.
Take a look at the infographic below, provided by the online schools, with some staggering statistics on how much we use Facebook. The summary of the Facebook stats includes facts that:
- The first thing a lot of people do when they wake up is check Facebook
- The demographic of Facebook has shifted from college students to moms and dads
- 71% of the US is on Facebook.
- The majority of people talk to more people online than in real life (sad)
Keep in mind those numbers were just about Facebook! They didn’t include other social networking sites like Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn and they most certainly didn’t include our email Inboxes, which grew more than 20% in 2010. So the question is…is social media taking over our lives? Are we giving up our real-life relationships for digital ones? Are digital relationships as rich and meaningful as online ones?
Remember those people in Wall-E who just rode around in chairs all day talking to each other on computer monitors and drinking blue slurpees? Are we destined for that?
The obsession goes beyond Facebook, though, as many Americans are falling in love with Twitter and YouTube. Think you might be one of the addicted masses? Check out these 10 signs that you might be addicted to social media.
Via: Online Schools