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Where we are spending time…

Facebook and Twitter are recording enormous increases in amount of time spent on their sites by visitors. Twitter records an increase of over 3700% (year over year). Understanding which sites are increasing is use is only part of the discussion. I’d like to know what we are doing less. My email use is still the same as last year. I still read the same number of RSS feeds. I can’t think of anything I’ve dropped from my online habits. I’m still at a “net add” stage. Guess that will have to change soon…


  1. Laura wrote:

    I don’t really watch tv and I used to watch a lot. Now I read blogs, twitter, and play video games. I suspect that a lot of the people who’ve started using a social networking site were doing something like watching tv. Plus, both Facebook and Twitter can be kept on in the background while doing other things–so lots of multitasking going on.

    Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 6:15 am | Permalink
  2. Virginia Yonkers wrote:

    I wonder if the increase in unemployment has helped to increase the use of social networking sites. Either to maintain social ties or to help in the job search, social networking helps people to feel as if they are still connected even if they no longer have a workplace to go to.

    Friday, June 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
  3. GNA wrote:

    Consider that Facebook and Twitter may not be replacing anything; that we are not exchanging TV for Twitter time. Then consider we are not “multitasking”; that we are not adding Twitter to our already long list of stuff we want/”have” to do each day. Finally, consider that Facebook and Twitter and the like are actually filling a void in our social ecosystems. Facebook and Twitter are the bowling leagues, Elks clubs, scouting, churches, and Sunday family dinners of the pre-web generations. Check out Putnam’s “Bowling Alone” (written before social media became prolific) and you will read a strong case supporting my proposition. GG

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 8:31 am | Permalink