How many times have you put off something because you just didn’t have time or were “too busy” to do it? I find myself in this boat sometimes, but the truth is, I waste plenty of my time on social media or roaming the internet. Just last Friday night, someone posted an article on extremophile bacteria eating the titanic wreck, and two hours later, I had watched an entire History Channel documentary on YouTube. Riveting Friday night I know, and I could have done a lot of things during those two hours, but I enjoyed it and for me, it was a good way to unwind from the week.
According to a new study posted about this morning on AG Professional Blog, the average person spends more time on social media than they do eating and drinking–about 5 years and 4 months over a lifetime. Somehow, this is still less than the average time spent watching TV. Check out the above stats, apparently we could watch the Simpson’s series 215 times in lieu of social media, or better yet climb Mt. Everest 32 times (I think they forgot to consider preparation time for this one). I think what makes social media and the internet such a time warp is the endless opportunity to click and explore new content. All our social media platforms are have webs of connectivity embedded within them. Just how much time did you waste clicking on links in this blog post itself, and was it really time wasted? The internet and social media allows us to connect to and learn about things we normally wouldn’t, and ultimately we get to decide what it is we are going to dig into.