Facebook Wastes Our Valuable Time

Brooke Woodward

Check out most high school students’ internet history and you will find one thing in common: Facebook. No matter how you justify those quick checks for new notifications that turn into hour-long wall-to-walls, it’s time to swallow your pride and admit that almost everyone, including you, has an addiction to Facebook.

Goodbye hand-written letters, hello Facebook messaging. Much of our generation’s social life revolves around technology such as this infamous social networking website. No longer do we pick up a land-line to call a friend or meet someone for the first time by the shake of a hand. Although the ability to talk to our friends with the click of the mouse is often more convenient, communication has become less verbal and consequently less personal. Our generation’s obsession with technology is leading to the deterioration of face-to-face conversation and, accordingly, the weakening of verbal social skills.

The minutes we waste on Facebook are ones we can never regain. According to the site, more than 8 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day worldwide. Frequently checking for status-updates, wall posts, uploaded pictures, videos, and new applications consume much of the time that we could be spending on much more important tasks.

People justify their addiction by claiming that Facebook allows them to multi task. But honestly, do we actually close the internet window after what we intended to be “just a five minute check?”
Face it, we are all guilty of hiding the Facebook page when our parents walk into the room to make it look like we are actually focusing on our schoolwork, but when report cards roll around there is no excuse for a low grade when you spent the majority of time online instead of doing homework.

With 300 million active users, Facebook is the fastest growing social networking site internationally. Although this online plague originated in the United States, it has become a pandemic, with about 70% of all users from outside of our nation.

As if the site wasn’t already addicting, last year Facebook added its deadliest time sucker: Facebook Chat. Now we can surf Facebook while having rapid conversations with our friends through this built-in instant messenger. And if we don’t already spend enough time on Facebook at home, now most of us, approximately 65 million users, can have Facebook readily available on our cell phones at all times. Statistics show that people who use Facebook on their mobile devices are almost 50% more active on Facebook than non-mobile users.

Yes, Facebook does allow you to stay in touch with friends from far away, but why do we need a website to update us on the lives of our peers that live within a five-mile radius of us?
The truth is, most of us love the superficial attention and popularity. We love getting tagged in photos, receiving wall posts, and Facebook-chatting with that person whose page we have been refreshing all night.

Although we are currently obsessed with these things, they are ultimately valueless. In 40 years, it won’t matter how many pictures you were tagged in, how many people liked your status, or how many friend requests you received.

When we are grandparents, we don’t want to be glued to the computer screen with our fingers aching from carpal tunnel syndrome and we certainly won’t want to watch our grandchildren messaging their friends instead of playing make-believe in the backyard. If we stop the Facebook trend now, maybe there is hope for the verbal communication and quality face-to-face social interaction of future generations.

Facebook Statistics Exposed

-More than 300 million active users
-50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
-The fastest growing demographic? 35 years old and older
-More than 8 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day worldwide
-More than 45 million status updates each day
-More than 2 billion photos uploaded to the site each month
-More than 14 million videos uploaded each month
-More than 2 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) shared each week
-More than 3 million events created each month
-More than 45 million active user groups exist on the site
-About 70% of Facebook users are outside the US
-More than 1 million developers and entrepreneurs from more than 180 countries
-Every month, more than 70% of Facebook users engage with Platform applications
-More than 350,000 active applications currently on Facebook Platform
-More than 250 applications have more than one million monthly active users
-More than 15,000 websites, devices and applications have implemented Facebook Connect since its general availability in December 2008
-There are more than 65 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices
-People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are almost 50% more active on Facebook than non-mobile users
-There are more than 180 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products

Statistical information was gathered from Facebook.com