60-80% of workers’ time on the internet has nothing to do with work. (BrandonGaille.com)
The average American spends 24% of their day cyberloafing (a new word has even been created to describe what we’re doing!) (BrandonGaille.com)
Global Active Internet Users now totals 3.175 Billion, that’s nearly half of the world’s population (7.357 Billion). (Pew Research)
Users between the ages of 15-19 spend three hours a day on their social media accounts while users between 20-29 spend two hours a day. (socialmediatoday.com)
Pew Research also states users age 65 and older are the fastest growing demographic of internet and mobile use, and go online daily.
The above are just a few of the statistics detailing how many of us spend our time. Engrossed by what appears on a monitor or phone screen, while life and meaningful connections pass us by. The internet and social media are good things, increasing access to information for millions of people, especially the impoverished or homebound. And most adults will not have a problem with social media, it’s just another form of entertainment for part of their day.
The problem forms for our young people, who are particularly vulnerable to social norms and peer pressure, and if all of their friends are on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and others, they must be too. Even with that, less than 10% of us may qualify as ‘addicted’ to social media, but most of us could say we have wasted our time on it or had a negative experience with it.
The internet, smart phones, and social media are all here to stay. I won’t get into a debate if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. I will however ask you to engage in your addiction one last time, and ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page before stepping away from your computer or phone.
Courtney Frerichs, LMHC
Director of Counseling Services