Everyone is indulged in social media these days right from young kids to corporate people to senior citizens. It is hard to resist social media and the opportunity it offers to connect a number of people across the globe.
Though Excess of anything is harmful, an excess use of social media has also bought bulk of new and unique problems. One of the problems is Addiction. Now-a-days, people are spending excess time on social media sites majorly Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. Social networking accounts for 28 percent of all media time spent online.
Go-Globe has produced an interesting infographic in which they have traced the Statistics and Trends of social media addiction.
Social Media addiction- Statistics and trends
Social media networking sites has attracted a bulk of audience in terms of sharing post, images, video conferencing, connecting a large number of people and many more. An estimated number of active social media users are 2.03 billion, representing the global penetration of 28 percent. The number surprises the one that besides having busy schedule, people are still spending a significant amount of time on social media sites.
The use of social media networking sites varies from age groups also. Such as, users aged between 15 and 19 spend at least 3 hours per day on average on social media platforms majorly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The age group consists of students who spend their precious time in connecting with people rather than spending time on playing or studying.
Adults with age group of 20 to 29 spend about two hours on their social media accounts. The group mostly includes college students and young working professionals. The age group mostly uses the social media sites in order to enhance their network and stay updated with the latest happenings of their related industry or interest.
Estimated Number Of Active Social Media Users
Facebook has a large number of active users and the number is still increasing with each passing quarter. From 1.32 million in Q2, 2014 the active users on Facebook has increased to 1350 million by the end of Q3 2014.
According to Facebook, the company’s 1.23 billion users log into their site for 17 minutes each day, in total, that’s more than 39,757 years of time collectively spent on Facebook in a single day.
After Facebook, Google+ comes next which attracts a large number of users. According to the study, its 343 million active monthly user make use of +1 button five billion times a day.
LinkedIn, with 332 million active users, stands on third position in terms of number of active users. Being a professional network, 2 new members sign up for the services in every two seconds.
Time Wasted by People on social media
- Earlier people use newspaper for their morning news but now 16 percent users rely on Facebook or Twitter for their morning news.
- 7.4 is the average number of social/communication apps that smartphone users have on their phone.
- Uploading images on Social media networking sites have become the trend nowadays; 5 million images are uploaded daily on Instagram.
- More than 500 million tweets are sent out per day by users.
- People prefer watching videos on YouTube i.e. the average visitor spends 15 minutes a day on YouTube.
- Of iPhone users, 28 percent check their Twitter feed before getting up in the morning.
- It is estimated that the Average American spends nearly one-quarter of their work day browsing social media for non-work related activities.
- People are wasting their precious time on social media networking sites. Between 60 percent and 80 percent of people time on the internet of work has nothing to do with work.
Impact of Social Media Addiction On Life
The social media addiction impacts the users in some way or the other. The effect of social media get in the way of having a fulfilling life is not always easy.
- Social media networks, such as Facebook or Twitter, should bring you closer to your family and friends. When you find that you turn down plans to go out with people in real life to spend time on a social network, this may indicate a problem. Letting your time online overtake the time you spend with people offline makes people around you feel hurt and neglected. Eventually, your relationships with those near you fail and you become isolated.
- There is a difference between staying up late to finish a task or to check a social network one last time before bed and neglecting sleep so you don’t miss anything new or to keep chatting online. Connecting with others is a great way to catch up with others or to increase your career network, but allowing it to take over time you need to rest negatively affects your energy levels.
- If the effect of social networking means you lose time while sitting in front of the computer, you may have an addiction to social media. Spending more than an hour on a social networking site, other than for work purposes, and realizing you don’t know how much time has passed is a problem.