Facebook Equals The Coolest Way to Waste Time

by Tony Chung on October 29, 2010

Warning: If you’re an avid user of Facebook, you might not like (me or) this post.

Did you know that 1 out of 14 people in the world now use Facebook?  That’s 500 million+ people.  A pretty ridiculous amount of users if you ask me.  If you don’t often use Facebook often, you are not cool.

Although Facebook is a great place to stay updated on friends’ lives, most of the time spent there is a waste of time.  In fact, it’s a massive distraction from productivity.

Why?

Because so many Facebook-addicted folks post content in the form of:

  • useless, meaningless updates
  • incorrect grammar / typos
  • narcissistic photos
  • unnecessary pleas for help (ex: Omg, I need a boyfriend. / I’m so depressed right now…)

What do you actually GAIN from refreshing your news feed and checking these types of friend updates?

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NOTHING.

An addiction to Facebook is basically an excuse for doing something more productive.

Facebook is, however, a wonderful and perfect creation for all narcissists of the world a.k.a. those who frequently post photos of themselves left and right, believing the world will flock happily to each and every new photo of his/her face in a new setting (which sadly is very commonplace — because those viewing have nothing better to do with their time).

Let’s think about this.

If you use Facebook 2 hours a day…

That’s 60 hours a month = 720 hours a year = 30 days a year = an entire month in a year of WASTING time.

Imagine all the things you could do in thirty days’ time. You could visit New York, start a new interest like playing the guitar, get started on an MBA, etc. etc.

As Alvin Toffler mentioned in his studies, by consuming loads of information, you end up absorbing nearly nothing.

What’s interesting about all this is that it’s not Facebook’s fault that so many people are addicted to it.  It’s kinda like an overplayed song.  It’s not the song’s fault that it’s overplayed…

I leave you here with a quote from Tim Ferriss (author of 4-hour Work Week):

There is a psychological switching of gears that can require up to 45 minutes to resume a major task that has been interrupted. More than a quarter of each 9-5 period (28%, or 134.4 minutes) is consumed by such interruptions, and 40% of people interrupted go on to a new task without finishing the one that was interrupted. This is how we end up with 20 windows open on our computers and nothing completed at 5pm.

Bottom line: Stop distracting yourself with Facebook and focus on getting something actually important done.

The ironic part of this post is you’ll probably end up reading it as an imported blog post in Facebook. :p

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

DK October 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

If you haven't already check out Clay Shirky's talks on the cognitive surplus… adds to your argument here sir :-)

John E. Bredehoft (Empoprises) October 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Actually, I found it while reading a whole bunch of items on Google Reader. What was that Toffler thought again?

Tony November 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

@John, Toffler wrote extensively about information overload, namely in the current Internet age: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Toffler

Tony November 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm

@John, Toffler wrote extensively about information overload, namely in the current Internet age: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Toffler

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