5:23:28 PM

How many hours do you spent on Facebook per month? 8?!

Just as I thought I was beginning to spend less time on Facebook and find it less appealing, Nielsen released a recent study showing I’m in the minority if I feel that way. According to the latest Nielsen report the average American spent 30 hours online during the month of August, viewing more than 3,100 web pages.

The most visited site – Google. But that wasn’t the site that hooked viewers in for the long term. 163.2 million people in the US visited Facebook in August and they spent nearly 8 hours per month on the site. This total, is almost four times more than any other site. For example, Yahoo users spent just over two hours a month, YouTube viewers spent one hour and 41 minutes.

But even more surprising is the fact that the total time spent on Facebook has increased two hours per user in the last year! When Nielsen conducted the study in August 2010, they found Americans spent nearly 6 hours a month on the social networking site. This figure is high, for sure, but it’s low if we are looking at the true Facebook user.

Since Nielsen’s report takes into account every Facebook user, you have the person who logs in once a month for five minutes figured in with the college student who lives with a Facebook tab open on their computer. In fact I’d be willing to bet the average high school and college student spends 8 hours a week on Facebook.

While I’m all for Facebook and the amazing communication channels it opens to the public – this figure got me thinking. How would the world be different if we spent a quarter of the time we spend on Facebook doing some other engaging task? What if we spent six hours on Facebook and took the other two hours to call a friend or sit down for a cup of coffee and a good book? For a college student spending eight hours a week on the site, that would mean an additional 8 hours a month, and an additional 96 hours a year. I don’t know about you, but I could certainly use an extra 96 hours.

comments powered by Disqus
about this blog | Bookmark and Share

Search this blog

 Subscribe to Tiger Print newsletter
rss Subscribe to Tiger Print RSS feed

 Recent Posts
Words that still matter
18 Feb 2013
No time for Valentine’s blues
17 Feb 2013
New Adult books and the message of love
1 Feb 2013
Rise of the online bully
13 Jan 2013
What’s your word for 2013?
11 Jan 2013

 MercatorNet blogs
Population issues: Demography is Destiny
Family social policy: Family Edge
US political scene: Sheila Liaugminas
News about bioethics: BioEdge
From the editors: Conniptions

Feb 2013 | Jan 2013 | Dec 2012 | more >>

  From MercatorNet's home page

The law and Martin Luther King Jr
4 Apr 2018
Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Here is one of his most powerful attacks on lukewarm…

Making the case for a new Olympics model
5 Aug 2016
The burden is just too much for a single city to bear

A vote’s consequences and a voter’s conscience
5 Aug 2016
Thoughtful Americans are caught between a rock and a hard place in the upcoming election

How the West failed in the war on terror in the Middle East
4 Aug 2016
An Australian counter-insurgency expert admits that there is no simple solution

Why the LGBT community should embrace its inner Donald
3 Aug 2016
They have far more in common than you might think

weight, TV, email, Lady Gaga, elections, american idol, tights, marijuana, shoes, Facebook, relationships, hook up culture, Operation Beautiful, exercise, distance education, purchases, Harry Potter, suitcase, pajamas, marriage, daughters, television, style, censorship, google, size, women, song, body image, publishing, language, hollywood, love, literature, Eminem, hijab, Obamacare, modesty, marines, prom, fads, sexual behaviour, humor, Japan, neon, March for Life, engagement, millenial, protest, family relationships, twilight, oprah, parenting, phone, Super Bowl, riots, advertising, bars, internet, seasons, hooking up, underpriveleged, drinks, sexual reproduction, packing, earrings, neuroscience, volkswagen, social networking, reading, trend, magazines, joblessness, young adult, cyber-bullying, marketing, commitment, trends, high school, Royal Wedding, tebow, statistics, friendship, singer, authors, new media, feminism, protes, Authors, computer, video, sexism, Thanksgiving, iPad, work, voting, job, race, news, freelance,