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We Now Spend More Time On Facebook Than We Do Taking Care Of Pets Or Sending Email

We Now Spend More Time On Facebook Than We Do Taking Care Of Pets Or Sending Email

Have you fed and loved on your pets today? It's a valid question, especially for people who use Facebook. A new survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the average American spends around 40 minutes per day flipping through his or her Facebook feed. That doesn't sound obscene, especially when compared to television, of which Americans spend more than five hours of their day watching, but you might be surprised at which activities we spend less time doing than Facebook.

For example, taking care of pets. The average American spends 39 minutes daily caring for Fido and Shadow (or whatever you've named your dog, cat, fish, reptile, and so forth). Perhaps more interesting is that Facebook use trumps both household and personal email -- the implication there is that social networking is replacing email as the primary means of online communication, or at least rivals it (who knows how much of that Facebook time is spent playing Candy Crush).

Facebook Dog
Image Source: Flickr (Pete Markham)

The statistics are interesting in part because of the large sample. At last count, Facebook is home to 1.32 billion monthly active users (July 2014). As of June, Facebook said it had 128 million daily average users in the U.S., which is equivalent to about 40 percent of the country's total population.

It will always be true that at any given time, Facebook could fall from relevance like MySpace did, but as time goes on, that seems less and less likely. There's much more at stake than there was with MySpace -- Facebook just announced revenue of $2.91 billion for its fiscal second quarter of 2014, up from $1.81 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

You can check out the American Time Use Survey (PDF) for more fun stats on daily activities and how they compare with Facebook use.
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How long does it take to go for a walk and fill a food dish though, really? Does "taking care of your pet" include just sitting next to them in front of the tv and petting them?

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I'm ashamed of doing this. I occasionally forget to take my dog out even though he's whining right next to me. Eventually, he pees or poos on the floor, but I don't blame him. This happens especially with PC games that I play, that whole "one more time..." I keep saying to my dog, but it's too late. With social networking, I don't see why you can't take your dog because you can come right back and be at the place you were before you left. Gaming is a little different because sometimes you can't pause or you're under a time limit. Anyways, sorry Coco for paying attention to my PC more than you, I'll now try better to get you to go to the bathroom outside.

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I could really care less about sending email, Facebook essentially eliminates the need for that, but the issue with pets is now alarming. We sometimes forget that they are living beings with emotions and feelings and needs, just like us.

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I have an 18 year old cat. I'm pretty sure that she would not be amused if I spent 40 minutes a day lavishing attention on her. She's probably grateful for my Facebook habit. :)

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Well wish that was true because I have a cat on my lap getting all the attention he wants.

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if i spent more time on facebook than with my old puppy i would be stuck on facebook for the next 12 years

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O snap i forgot to feed my dog...

lol kid

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For me, it's "I work too much that I neglect my dog". But that's 9 hours of work as opposed to an hour and half with my dog. On Facebook? I'm on Facebook at work every so often, so sure? Facebook is too weird of a comparison to spending time with my pets...

 

I spend more time on Facebook than taking a dump, eating food, and changing my clothes. That's about as good a comparison.

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