How Do Your Social Media Habits Compare to the Average Person’s?

How Do Your Social Media Habits Compare to the Average Person’s?

If you’re like the average person, you’ll spend more than five years of your life on social media -- five years and four months, to be exact. “For my personal life, I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat,” she says. That adds up to four hours a day (I need a life).” While Hardalo may spend approximately twice as much time as the average adult on social media, social media is her profession. What’s the excuse for the rest of us? Their daily average time spent on social media is nine hours a day. While teens may represent an extreme in social media behavior, the number of adults using social media and the average time spent doing so is definitely trending upward. In 2005, only 5 percent of Americans were using Facebook. Eighty-five percent of adults in the U.S. get their news off mobile devices compared to 54 percent in 2013, according to a March 2017 survey. “Some people tweet out the news before their stories are even written, so I like that as well.” Among millennials, 49 percent report that Twitter and Facebook have been their go-to sources for news and politics -- compared to 31 percent among those 35 and older -- although that figure is growing in both cohorts. To help gauge where your social media habits stand against today’s average person, click through the next five slides for some fun and enlightening social media facts.

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If you’re like the average person, you’ll spend more than five years of your life on social media — five years and four months, to be exact. That breaks down to nearly two hours (116 minutes) a day spent on YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter — not to mention some of the less popular platforms such as LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest and Musical.ly, an app popular with teens.

Andrea Hardalo, social media editor at Entrepreneur.com, provides insight into her own social media behavior. “For my personal life, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat,” she says. “Separate from work, I’d say I spend about 28 hours on social media. That adds up to four hours a day (I need a life).”

While Hardalo may spend approximately twice as much time as the average adult on social media, social media is her profession. What’s the excuse for the rest of us?

The realization of how much the average person actually spends on social media comes into sharper focus when comparing the figure (five years and four months) to the one year and three months we will spend over a lifetime socializing with friends and family in real life. (Cringe.)

When it comes to extreme averages, teenagers take the prize. Their daily average time spent on social media is nine hours a day. That’s longer than most people spend…

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