I don’t want people to get the wrong idea when I post this picture because it isn’t me taking an aggressive stance on the issue one way or another. The purpose of this illustration is to demonstrate the power that Facebook has in our daily lives. I know I don’t speak for everyone when I say this, but I used to spend so much of my day on Facebook. It was ridiculous. Back in high school, during the night time, I could literally sit at my computer and drift through my Facebook for hours; chatting occasionally with people and once in a while adding a new “friend.” The point being that I lost a boat load of valuable and potentially productive time to Facebook. But like I’ve stated this isn’t the case with everyone so now I will present some statistics of Facebook usage and what would happen if it disappeared. Obizmedia states the following statistics about Facebook in their presentation A World Without Facebook “The average Facebook visit is approximately 23 minutes.” Okay, let us back up for a second; If the average Facebook user visits Facebook approximately 90 times a month and each time they visit they stay about 23 minutes, that is an average time spent on Facebook per month of 2,070 minutes (90x23). Dang!!!!….and that is only taking account of the times the user creates material on Facebook, that’t is not even the time the user is just checking his feed, looking at other profiles, etc. “The average user creates 90 pieces of material on Facebook every month.” “In 1600 AD there was 545 million inhabitants on this planet, Facebook as of 2010 had ~600 million users.” (hitechanalogy.com) WOW! That is pretty shocking. If there is a relation to my topic through this, it is that the misrepresentation of identity on Facebook is so widely accepted and present in the users. Who knows, maybe it is the boredom from sitting at your computer or waiting for that post from a friend that is causing a mental shift in the users, thus causing them to alter their portrayal of self.
I think this is a very controversial picture but a great one. Many people spend hours of their day sitting on facebook consumed with other peoples’ lives. I think many people need to go out and do something with their lives than just sit on facebook.