So, I’m definitely a late bloomer when it comes to Facebook and Twitter. I didn’t sign up for either until about a year ago and even then I’ve rarely hopped on since. As I’ve been blogging over the last year though, I felt I needed to give Facebook a little more of my time to let friends and colleagues know what I’ve been working on. Over the last week though, I’ve come to realize just how sucked into the vortex we’ve gotten. It made me wonder how many lifetimes are spent in an average day on Facebook. What do I mean by this? If you add up all the time spent on Facebook in one day, how many lifetimes would it equal?
I started in the Facebook Press Room where it says that people spend over 500 billion minutes per month on the site. Let’s write that out…
Okay, now for some quick math (rounding for ease):
500,000,000,000 minutes / 60 = 8,333,333,333 hours (worth of time) per month
8,333,333,333 hours / 24 = 347,222,222 days (worth of time) per month
347,222,222 days / 365 = 951,294 years (worth of time) per month
Now, if you Google ‘Average Life Expectancy’, at the top of your search results is a statistic from the World Bank stating that as of 2008, average life expectancy (for first world countries, I’m guessing) is 78.43902.
951,294 years / 78.43902 = 12,128 lifetimes per month (I rounded up a lifetime for simplicity)
12,128 lifetimes per month / 30 days = 404 lifetimes per day
So, on average, collectively and globally, we spend 400 lifetimes per day to Facebook.com. Wow, I better go share this with my Facebook friends right now!