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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!!!

 

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I have been sitting at my computer meaning to write something but wasn’t sure what it should be about. Like all good writers my process begins with 2 hours of FB time prior to writing. While on FB I stumbled across an article by George Takei about the Kim Davis situation. If you want to know my beliefs on pretty much any topic, get George’s opinion on it and mine will be the exact opposite.

If you ever want to think the world is ending or that you need new people to pray for all you need to do is go on the comments section of a divisive issue. It is impossible to gain traction on an online argument with 45 people arguing at the same time. I spent about an hour reading through them and am pretty convinced 80% of the people all agreed on the same thing. They were only arguing because it was worded a little differently than they worded it. The argument broke down the following way:

50% of the people saying God is a myth and the bible is a fairytale.

30% of the people saying they don’t believe in God but he may exist.

15% of people telling everyone they were going to hell.

5% of people raising up good points on either side and having an actual debate.

The 50% Group 

I don’t believe in Bigfoot. Whoa, that felt good to get off my chest. One of my best friends does. Every once in a while I hang out with him and some of his friends who do and we will have a fun discussion about Bigfoot. Not once does it ever border on being hateful. Not once. I think part of the reason it doesn’t because in the end it really doesn’t matter. Whether Bigfoot is real or not doesn’t impact my life at all unless he kidnaps me on a hike up Mt. Si. The most hate filled arguments you ever see online are about religion. You have people absolutely destroying other people and using names that shouldn’t be repeated.

As somebody who wants the best for others it is sad to see people trash God. It hurts my heart when I see what path there on. As somebody who believes in the bible it is refreshing for lack of a better word.

In Luke 12:51 it says “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

I am reminded just how divisive the Word can be. It makes me sad but it also reminds me this is how it is supposed to be. We were never promised that this would unite us with our family or the world and make us popular. In fact we were told that families would split up because of God and in a weird way when I see people arguing like this it puts me at peace.

The 30% Group

I am confused by these people. The majority of people are saying they don’t believe in God in this particular comment section. You agree with them. But you feel like arguing just cause? Saying you don’t believe in God but that he exist seems like an insane oxymoron. I would like to think they are doing it just to troll people but I don’t think they are.

The 15% Group

There are a lot of overweight people in this world. Does that mean every time I see one I tell them how fat they are? I would never do that. Just as I hope when they see me they won’t tell me how ugly I am. Both are true, but something’s are better left unsaid. When I see a post that says “Jay you better take back what you said or you’re going to hell. You’re going to burn there for eternity.” Note: that is a direct quote by the way. I don’t understand the need to say that? Don’t speak the truth just because you feel like saying it. Don’t speak the truth simply to get a rise out of people. The best advice I have ever gotten in life is don’t talk just to hear your own voice.

I would like to make an app for your phone and computer for when you are tempted to tell someone they are going to burn in hell. When you get that urge and start to write, I want a giant fist to come out and hit you right in the nuts. That would fix a lot of problems.

The 5% Group

I would like to think that if I choose to partake in FB arguments I would fall in this category. All around there are black holes trying to swallow everyone up and these people are a ray of sunshine debating calmly. It would be like if a massive street fight broke where everybody was brawling expect for 2 people who were peacefully trying to talk it out. I think your best bet in this case is to DM the person you are debating with and get away from the other people. I am someone who truly like to debate with people, just not crazy people. If someone wants to have a calm debate where we can each share our sides I am all for it. When people want to debate me in an insane asylum that is trapped in a tornado, I bid them good day as we go our separate ways.

 

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