1.3 million years on Facebook, per month

Tim Challies gives us more big numbers:

Seven hundred billion minutes. That’s how much time Facebook’s 500 million active users spend on the site every month. 700,000,000,000 minutes. Let that one sink in for a moment. Every month we spend the equivalent of 1.3 million years on Facebook; the equivalent of nearly 18,000 lifetimes. More than half of us login every single day; we average 130 friends. And we spend vast amounts of time on there.

Facebook now offers 900 million different objects or pages for us to interact with—groups, events, community pages, and so on. We upload over 3 billion photographs every month (which means we’re uploading millions every hour).

via 700 Billion Minutes | Challies Dot Com.

Is that math right?

HT: Joe Carter

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SAL

    My wife uses the Facebook site to keep in touch with old friends and family but she probably only spends 30 minutes on it (spread across 5 minute increments during the day).

    If she is typical than:

    30 minutes * 500 million users *30 days = 450 billion minutes

    That’s rather close.

    There are a significant number of nearly inactive accounts on Facebook given their difficult account deletion process. That indicates that the average Facebook user must be spending quite a large amount of time for 700 billion minutes to be true.

    I did go through the laborious account deletion process and I believe my online presence is now confined to a LinkedIn profile, blog comments, and some old Usenet postings.

  • SAL

    My wife uses the Facebook site to keep in touch with old friends and family but she probably only spends 30 minutes on it (spread across 5 minute increments during the day).

    If she is typical than:

    30 minutes * 500 million users *30 days = 450 billion minutes

    That’s rather close.

    There are a significant number of nearly inactive accounts on Facebook given their difficult account deletion process. That indicates that the average Facebook user must be spending quite a large amount of time for 700 billion minutes to be true.

    I did go through the laborious account deletion process and I believe my online presence is now confined to a LinkedIn profile, blog comments, and some old Usenet postings.

  • Amy

    The 1.3 million years sounded wrong, but I checked it and it’s right. And it’s not surprising that people log that many minutes on Facebook. Most of the people I know on Facebook spend hours playing games, doing those silly “tagged” notes where you have to sit there and answer 50 questions or whatever, checking in to update their status and location, using the chat feature, etc. I used to do it myself. Back then, I could say I easily spent 4 hours a day on Facebook in some fashion. Sad, but true. And at the time, I knew people who spent even more time on it. People Facebook while they watch tv (“Did you see what just happened on DWTS! Shocking!”), or they leave it running in the background while they work, or they leave it on all day so they can check in every time they have a spare minute. It’s out of hand.

    I’ve worked hard to cut back my computer time, but it’s such an easy habit to fall into and a hard one to break. It’s so easy to get sucked into reading a hundred blogs and being on three different social networking sites and writing your own blog and whatever. It’s definitely a problem for our society.

  • Amy

    The 1.3 million years sounded wrong, but I checked it and it’s right. And it’s not surprising that people log that many minutes on Facebook. Most of the people I know on Facebook spend hours playing games, doing those silly “tagged” notes where you have to sit there and answer 50 questions or whatever, checking in to update their status and location, using the chat feature, etc. I used to do it myself. Back then, I could say I easily spent 4 hours a day on Facebook in some fashion. Sad, but true. And at the time, I knew people who spent even more time on it. People Facebook while they watch tv (“Did you see what just happened on DWTS! Shocking!”), or they leave it running in the background while they work, or they leave it on all day so they can check in every time they have a spare minute. It’s out of hand.

    I’ve worked hard to cut back my computer time, but it’s such an easy habit to fall into and a hard one to break. It’s so easy to get sucked into reading a hundred blogs and being on three different social networking sites and writing your own blog and whatever. It’s definitely a problem for our society.