Non Face to Facebook

>Great blog post by Tim Challies that is worth sharing and praying that we all replace our Facebook idol with worshiping the Lord, reading His word, sheparding our family, church body and others, and prayer time.

700 Billion Minutes
• Tim Challies
• 11/22/10

Seven hundred billion minutes. That’s how much time Facebook’s 500 million active users spend on the site every month. 700,000,000,000 minutes. Let that one sink in for a moment.

Every month we spend the equivalent of 1.3 million years on Facebook; the equivalent of nearly 18,000 lifetimes. More than half of us login every single day; we average 130 friends. And we spend vast amounts of time on there.

Facebook now offers 900 million different objects or pages for us to interact with—groups, events, community pages, and so on. We upload over 3 billion photographs every month (which means we’re uploading millions every hour).

Do you know what really blows my mind about all of this? Facebook is only 7 years old. Most of us have joined in only the past 2 or 3 years. The growth charts are out of this world:

So think about this one. Four years ago most of us did not use Facebook at all. And today we are using it compulsively. A recent study of media habits found that about 1/3 of women between 18 and 34 check Facebook before they even go to the bathroom in the morning; 21% check it in the middle of the night; half of them admit that they are addicted to it. Meanwhile the older generations, those in their 40’s and 50’s, are also migrating to social media; they now represent the fastest-growing population.

But again, 4 years ago most of us did not use it at all. We may have heard the name, but it was just a name. Today it’s a way of life. What’s important to think about is the fact that Facebook is not a site that offers us a better way of doing what we were already doing. It’s not like most of us were on another social media site and we then migrated once Facebook came along (with young people being a possible exception; many of them migrated from MySpace to Facebook).

For the majority of us, Facebook is a new thing. Those 700 billion minutes are not minutes that we’ve taken away from other online pursuits. They are minutes that we’ve taken away from real life. Studies show that time spent interacting online comes at the expense of face-to-face relationships and about at a 2:1 ratio. So every hour we spend on Facebook comes at the expense of 30 minutes talking to a person face-to-face. 700 billion minutes are costing us 350 billion minutes of face time. And all of this for something we were living very well without just a few years ago.

This all begs the question: what are we actually doing with our Facebook time? Is what we do there significant enough that it merits the time we dedicate to it? What are we accomplishing with all of those minutes? What do you accomplish with your share of those 700 billion minutes?

A while back I suggested that we might be able to tell what our idols are by looking in our pockets and seeing what we need to have with us all the time. We can also tell what our idols are by seeing where we are spending our minutes and our days. There is clearly something about Facebook that has captivated us, something about it that has drawn us in. For many of us, it is now the place where we live our lives—18,000 of those life times every month.

Fantasy Island

California never ceases to amaze me.  On Tuesday, the entire country wakes up and tells our President and Congress: “No More! Change Course!  We’ve had enough!”

Yet California, Nevada and Massachusetts all say, “Good Work, Let’s keep it up!”  The states with the worst unemployment, worst housing markets and highest taxes (aside from Nevada) all say….more of the same please!

One could understand Jerry Brown’s election, even if not a kool-aid drinker.  Perhaps many Independents felt that we currently have a governor that had no experience, or that Brown “can” (will he is another story) work with both sides and get things done.  And it also looks like women and minorities just could not relate to Meg Whitman who ran a bad campaign. 

Barbara “Call me Senator!” Boxer however is another story.  How does a state re-elect a Senator that has been at the helm for now, four different decades, and never saw a spending, entitlement, tax increase or fee increase bill she didn’t like, get re-elected, by a large margin.  Over-seeing a once great state, to become a state with the greatest budget deficit in history, largely in part due to the Mafia Unions she helped create, piloting us on a crash-course to insolvency.

How does the single most powerful woman in politics, speaker (soon to be former speaker) Nancy Pelosi get re-elected with almost a 90 percent majority, while she was in charge of the biggest spending congress, and as polls showed, the lowest approval rating of any congress in history.  Maybe the people of San Francisco were still emotional coming off of the Giants World Series victory that they got confused and thought the ballot read, “Buster Posey,” not “Nancy Pelosi.”  Or maybe the people of San Francisco live on the same Fantasy Island as the Speaker who recently said that her congress “helped to reduce the deficit.”

The good news is that us Californians are not alone in our contrarian stupidity.  We have our neighbors to the East who also re-elected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who oversaw his state’s housing market into the ground, not to mention their issues with immigration.  The good news for Nevada is that they have been able to steal the more intelligent Californians who left to the lower-taxed, more business friendly state of Nevada (take note California and D.C.).

Our friends on the East Coast made up the trifecta as they re-elected Barney Frank, although his was a very close race.  Barney Frank, whom along with “Former Senator” Chris Dodd, one can argue are the two men most responsible for our housing and economic crisis as they not only oversaw the demise of Fannie and Freddie Mac, but Rep Frank was very publicly adamant about the solvency of Fannie and Freddie as he kept pushing for expansion, as home ownership in his eyes, is a right!  At least Connecticut was smart enough to rid themselves of Dodd.  Although they do have the highest taxes in all  the land.

It is amazing that the state of California, as liberal as it is, re-elects their liberal captains, yet says no to Prop 19 (to legalize marijuana).  Perhaps they were smoking some marijuana, just before heading to the polls.

For years I have been hearing the “environmentalists” trying to scare us by saying that one day, California will become separated from the United States by a big earthquake and become an island.  While I do not see that happening, I can say with certainty that Politically, Philosophically and mentally, we are already there…..on Fantasy Island.  Welcome!