If you’re like me you have a list of things you want to do with your life ranging from traveling the world to washing your car. If you’re like me you also have excuses on why you aren’t doing them. The first excuse is, I don’t have the money. The second excuse is, I don’t have time. It’s the worst catch 22 of all time because if you bust your butt working you don’t have time to do anything and if your lazy you have all the time but no money to do anything.
I base a lot of my life on statistics and data. For example I am not afraid to fly because the data says I am more likely to die in a car which I use every day, than in a plane. I understand that planes do crash, but as a whole, it is safer than driving.
Today I want to look at the time aspect of time and money and use some stats to help me with it. I will be using the averages of numbers to do it. I always tell people stats like the average person eats 22lbs of nuts each year only to have the person respond “I don’t like nuts.” That is fine you don’t like them but as a whole people eat 22lbs a year. That is a made up stat by the way, but I wanted to make a point.
Here is some data:
The average American lives to be 72.
The average person ages 12-72 spends 3 hours a day on social media.
That breaks down to 21 hours a week, roughly 91 hours a month, and 1,092 hours a year.
In other words by the time you are 72 you will have spent 65,520 hours in social media which translates to 2,730 days or 7.5 years.
7.5 years is slightly more than 10% of your life.
If that doesn’t make you want to delete your FB, IG and Snapchat I don’t know what will. If we work 8 hours a day and sleep 8 hours day, we only have 8 hours left. Using 3 of those 8 hours or 37.5% of our day everyday on social media is insane. All we do on social media is read posts and look at pictures from people we really don’t like, only to go back on an hour later and re-read/re-look at the same stuff. I can’t tell you how many times I look at the same IG post on a daily basis. Don’t even get me started on FB because I look at the same posts over and over every day. I would like a study to be done so we know how many hours people waste looking at something they already looked at.
Don’t think I want you to get rid of your FB, IG, or Twitter because if you’re reading this you probably found it through one of those platforms.
My theory behind why we spend so much time on social media is because we don’t like to think. People wake up in the morning and turn the T.V on. Then they drive to work listening to the radio. At work they turn on Pandora, then drive home and listen to an audio book. When they get home they turn on the T.V again, and like I mentioned while doing all this they spend 3 hours on social media. At no point during that day did you ever have to think or get to daydream. You had someone else’s thoughts going through your head the entire day.
If we had to stare at a wall every day we would go crazy. Social media allows are brains to be just active enough to not go crazy, but not active enough to be productive. Spend enough time on FB and it will put you in a trance like state.
If you’re wondering how to limit your social media time here’s how.
1.Get the Social Media Shutdown app where you set a daily timer for how long you want to spend on social media. For example: If you set it for 2 hours, once you go past 2 hours it blocks you from all social media for the rest of the day. This app doesn’t really exist at least not that I know of, but if you’re reading this and know how to make apps I will gladly pay for this.
2. Use the 8-8 rule. Don’t use any social media platform before 8am or after 8pm.
3. If you are on IG and you look at a picture more than twice give yourself a 2 hour penalty until you are allowed to check it again.
4. Get real life friends and do real life stuff with them. It’s crazy that when we are with are best friends instead of talking with them, we sit on our phones and read FB status from people we don’t like. Spend time with your real friends! If you went up to a lot of your FB friends on the street, let’s say for example this one is named Rachel and you said, “Hi Rachel” she would say, “How do you know my name?” She doesn’t know who you are so why are you spending time every day reading about her life. That was just an example, at no point in my life have I seen one of my FB friends named Rachel at Taco Time on a Tuesday night around 6:33pm and said, “Hi” only to have her say, “How do you know my name?” It was a hypothetical situation.
5. If you re-read a FB post more than once grab a frying pan and knock yourself out with it. When you wake up remind yourself that you didn’t care about their dinner the first time you read about it, let alone the second time.
Imagine what you could do with your extra 3 hours every day. Let say you only cut back to 1.5 hours a day. Imagine what you could still do. Maybe you always wanted to learn how to play the piano but never had time? Now you do, although don’t learn how to play the piano, that is stupid. I would rather you spend the time on social media. What if you always wanted to learn how to knit? Again, don’t do that either. You can buy knitted scarves for $5 at the store, don’t waste time making your own. You might even have enough time to write horrible blog posts such as this that nobody will ever read. The possibilities are limitless!!!