Are we really on our phones too much?

Today I reviewed two interesting websites and an article all on how people use social media, and how much time they are spending on it. Each of the websites were similar to each other because they all showed numbers on the use of social media in peoples everyday lives. The two websites were http://www.internetlivestats.com/ and http://www.worldometers.info/ ,while the article I read was titled “How Much Time Do People Spend on Social Media? [Infographic]”  and was written by Evan Asano on http://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/how-much-time-do-people-spend-social-media-infographic.  The very first interesting thing that caught my attention right away was the amount of time spent on social media daily. According to the article “How Much Time Do People Spend on Social Media? [Infographic]”, teens spend up to a total of 9 hours a day on social medias. This also is projected to increase over the years with the constant rise of social media platforms. I found this pretty interesting because it really opened my eyes as a viewer and user of social media. I never would’ve thought that my peers and I are using this much social media daily. It only leads me to wonder how big of a role will social media end up playing on our lives in the future? How much time will it take up, say 5 to 7 years from now? How important will it be in our everyday lives? The second thing I found interesting in the articles was how social media ranked up against our everyday activities. Social Media ranked 2nd among the everyday activities listed in the article “How Much Time Do People Spend on Social Media? [Infographic]”.  With an astounding total of 5 years and 4 months spent on social media,  activities such as eating, doing laundry, socializing, and grooming  all had less time spent on them. The only thing we teens spend more time doing is watching TV, which takes up a total of 7 years and 8 months of our lives. These numbers are indicators of the time “wasted” doing things that are seen as unproductive, but to completely deem this time as a waste seems unfair. Although we may spend a lot of time on these social media platforms, how we use them truly determines whether we are wasting our time or not. If teens find a way to gain some positive use out of their time spent on social media, than I wouldn’t see any problem with spending a surplus amount of time on social media accounts. As long as a positive outcome results from it, I believe that the increase in the use of social medias can actually turn out to be a good thing for the youth of the future.

Bibliography

Asano, E. (2017, January 4). Http://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/how-much-time-do-people-spend-social-media-infographic. Retrieved September 13, 2017, from http://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/how-much-time-do-people-spend-social-media-infographic

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