Everyday tasks and never-ending to-do-lists preoccupy us tremendously. But with an advanced technology at hand, people are convinced that they are able to finish a lot of tasks. But to finish it all, we have to spend a lot of time with our gadgets.
The question is, how much of our time are we actually spending on this?
Nowadays you can do errands effortlessly with a few clicks of a button. You can do bank transactions, pay your bills, shop, make a loan, close deals and many more using your mobile at hand. In Asian countries, the ability of these gadgets are almost endless because of handy apps that aid their lifestyle.
Escapism is also something that people crave now and then and so, it was made available online too. You may read the newspaper online. Online games, also known as e-games, are hailed by consumers making it one of the most sought after money-making industries. Not to mention, dating apps are readily available too. Leisure can be taken to the next level with ease in booking flights, accommodations and transportation at the palm of your hand.
Craving for certain food? Delivery systems are hooked online too. NETFLIX also has an array of movies for entertainment as you sit on your couch. All of these were made accessible, readily available on a whim almost. That it accounts so much time spent using the internet. What else is there that can’t be done online today?
ONLINE ENGAGEMENT MINUS TASKS:
An article on www.socialmediatoday.com had surveyed that the average person will spend nearly 2 hours (about 116 minutes) on social media everyday. This is equal to a total of 5 years, 4 months spent over a lifetime. 60% of this activity of social media time –alone– spent is facilitated by a mobile device.
5 years and 4 months of social media time beats the time for eating, drinking, socializing and grooming.
In addition, they also came up with the average time a person is more likely to spend on the following:
Youtube = 40 mins.
Facebook = 35 mins.
Snapchat = 25 mins.
Instagram = 15 mins.
Twitter = 1 min.
Another interesting data they had come up with is Social ranked with Daily Activities based on person’s lifetime:
- Watching TV = 7 years and 8 months
- on Social Media = 5 years and 4 months
- Eating and Drinking = 3 years and 5 months
- Grooming = 1 year and 3 months
- Doing laundry = 6 months
Spending time on social media, ranking 2nd almost transformed it into a ‘need’ rather than ‘want’! But what’s more shocking is that they compared it the 5 years and 4 months of social media with other activities.
What else can you do in 5 years and 4 months?
- Fly (to the moon and back) = 32 times
- Walk (the Great Wall of China) = 3.5 times
- Watch (The Symptoms series) = 215 times
- Climb (Mt.Everest) = 32 times
- Run (10k marathon)
- Walk (your dog) 93k times!
CALCULATE YOUR OWN USAGE
If you’d count the number of times you check your phone in hours, would it be more than the fingers you have? Try multiplying the times you’ve checked it with at least 1 min. To keep abreast with who liked your recent post; to like somebody’s post or just to watch an interesting video? I doubt that it’s just 1 min. so maybe, it would take you roughly around half to an entire hour?
Well, we know there’s 24 hours in a day. so that simple exercise just made you calculate the time you spend on your phone. But what does it exactly tells us?
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
Luke 9:25 NIV
Just as I came to finishing a meditating session, a question left me wondering, exposure to it all becomes a lifestyle. True to that fact, responsible usage becomes much-needed than ever before.
This undeniably takes away precious time from your families. And little to we know, our kids turn out becoming zombies as well engaging more online than real life.
It is quite scary to realize this. And now that you have estimated the number of hours you spend on your phone, what does it predict about our future?