Nowadays, getting out of bed before checking their Facebook newsfeed is unthinkable for most people, especially those 66 percent of people between the ages of 14-34 who are frequent users. Despite the growing number of adults who started to use Facebook in the ages above 50, there are many other platforms which challenge Facebook’s popularity among the younger generations. Today it’s almost unthinkable to be offline for longer than a few hours which prove the facts that the global online population consists of approximately 2 billion people which equals around 30 percent of the World’s population. The average time that one global user spends per month is 32 hours, but where does he spend his time if he’s not on Facebook? Here are the results of a study conducted on this topic:
With 26 percent of the time spend on Facebook, Twitter and etc. there is no wonder that Social Networking takes its rightful first place. Social Media can be useful in many ways like connecting to old or new friends in the simplest and easiest way possible. However, they can also pose a threat to your privacy if you post too much private information and pictures that can be used to harm you in some way. It’s especially important to educate children and young adults on that matter.
Right after Social Networks, people spent 22 percent of their time online searching about various topics. It has never been easier to access this much information with one click, be it the answer to your homework or to settle a bet. The most popular search engine is still Google, it has even become part of our language - “google it” as in search for the answer.
With all the new games and platforms to play them on, it’s no wonder that games are almost played by everyone on the internet and not only by hardcore gamers who try to make a living out of it. Games can be found in every corner of the internet, even on Facebook and Google, and consume around 20 percent of the time we spend online. The top online games are not Farmville and Candy Crash like you may think, but World of Warcraft, Dota, Call of Duty, League of Legends and other similar games that mesmerize gaming fans for years. If you ever tried to waste some time on work, then you’ve surely played one of those online flash games like Angry Birds, Happy Wheels, Snake and Bejeweled which are the most popular ones.
Multi-media sites have grown in popularity which proves the fact that 74 percent of online users between 14-18 years use Youtube frequently, surprisingly even more than Facebook. Besides Youtube, iTunes has also become more popular with the younger generations partly because of the numerous iPhone users nowadays. Still, we spend around 19 percent of our time on multi-media sites like Youtube which almost equals the time we spend playing games.
Reading emails counts to one of the most popular activities on the internet but people only spend around 13 percent of their online time on it. Emails have lost their popularity with the rise of Social Media but are still mostly used for work. Most of us use emails only for registration on various sites and remember we have one only when we forget the password required to login.