Well Look at the Time…Spent on Social Media!

The recently deceased Steve Jobs said about the iPhone when he introduced the then revolutionary device, “It will be the first thing you pick up in the morning, and the last thing you put down at night.” Time has proven his prediction to be correct. We spend an amazing amount of time on our smart-devices, and a big reason why is because we troll through our social networks on them. Social media’s existence preceded the advent of smart-phones, but those hand held devices, along with their younger but larger tablet brothers, accelerated the accessibility and availability of social networks. Honestly, using Facebook and Twitter on a desktop or laptop is considered by most, if not lame, boring at the very least. While I am not a Foursquare user, it would seem to me the very purpose of that network demands a mobile device. Even YouTube doesn’t require the old dinosaur of a desktop or a creaky old laptop.

At his blog Jeff Bullas asked the question: “Do you wonder why your productivity has dropped over the past 2 – 3 years?” He answers it for us with his following two sentences: “There is a time sink and it’s not Television! Those of us who are connected to the Internet and that is 2 billion of us, have been distracted by social multi-media publishing machines that are pumping out staggering amounts of content with enticing high definition images and videos!”

Bullas provides what he calls “20 Stunning Social Media Statistics.” They truly are stunning, and not a little sickening; especially when I consider how guilty I am of contributing to these numbers. These figures reveal the huge black hole into which our time disappears when we visit Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other social media sites.

  1. One in every nine people on Earth is on Facebook ( This number is calculated by dividing the planets 6.94 billion people by Facebook’s 750 million users)
  2. People spend 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  3. Each Facebook user spends on average 15 hours and 33 minutes a month on the site
  4. More than 250 million people access Facebook through their mobile devices
  5. More than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook
  6. 30 billion pieces of content is shared on Facebook each month
  7. 300,000 users helped translate Facebook into 70 languages
  8. People on Facebook install 20 million “Apps” every day
  9. YouTube has 490 million unique users who visit every month (as of February 2011)
  10. YouTube generates 92 billion page views per month (These YouTube stats don’t include videos viewed on phones and embedded in websites)
  11. Users on YouTube spend a total of 2.9 billion hours per month (326,294 years)
  12. Wikipedia hosts 17 million articles
  13. Wikipedia authors total over 91,000 contributors
  14. People upload 3,000 images to Flickr (the photo sharing social media site) every minute
  15. Flickr hosts over 5 billion images
  16. 190 million average Tweets per day occur on Twitter (May 2011)
  17. Twitter is handling 1.6 billion queries per day
  18. Twitter is adding nearly 500,000 users a day
  19. Google+ has more than 25 million users
  20. Google+ was the fastest social network to reach 10 million users at 16 days (Twitter took 780 days and Facebook 852 days)

Moses, the man of God, instructs us through his own prayer in the 90th Psalm to be wise stewards of our time. He prayed, as I certainly must, “Teach us to to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Of course, Paul commands us to make the best use of our time, “because the days are evil.

I really enjoy my iPhone. I really want to enjoy an iPad. I have fun and even benefit from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and occasionally (but carefully), YouTube. (I even have a Google+ profile, for whatever that’s worth.) I also am prone to wander for far too long in these bypath meadows. I pray that my good God will  teach me to number my days that I may have a heart of wisdom, so that I may make the best use of my time, because the days are evil.

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About Travis

I am married to Dianna, and we have three boys: Luke, Noah, and Ethan.
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One Response to Well Look at the Time…Spent on Social Media!

  1. Maria Tatham says:

    You gave helpful information about temporary things, directing us back to what is eternal. Thank you!

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