How many hours in each week do you spend networking about cats? What prompted me to ask that question is a rather startling article in the news today which states that the average Briton spends the equivalent of almost an entire day each week on their smart phones, using it 221 times in every 24-hour period. These people are not all cat lovers but I guess a good number of them are because the Internet is known for its love of the domestic cat.
The Internet is also excellent with respect to promoting cat rescue and re-homing cats through networking rescuers.
There seems to be an almost manic desire to indulge in social networking either through texting, sending e-mails or visiting Facebook and Twitter. There is a current animalistic thirst for socializing which leads to an addiction to smart phones and being drawn towards Facebook without understanding why, sometimes.
The average Briton uses their smart phone for a total of three and a quarter hours daily. They start at 7:31 AM and finish at 11:21 PM.
If the average Briton is separated from their smart phone it is tantamount to losing a limb and they feel completely lost.
The truth of the matter is that people are overdoing it. Humans are social animals and they are given complete freedom to socialise on the Internet but in typical human style they overdo it. There’s never been so many opportunities to communicate with each other but people need to learn how to manage social media to their advantage.
We do hear of people becoming disenchanted with websites like Facebook for various reasons but the pull to visit is nearly always there.
The disappointing news is that smart phones, we believe, have not made us any more productive. If that is true then a lot of the time is spent entertaining ourselves or simply wasting time.
Apparently, women spend an average of 23 minutes a day longer on their handsets than men. Incredibly, people aged between 18 and 24 spend 4 hours and 20 mins a day on their smart phones. People who are over 55 years of age spend two and a quarter hours a day on their smart phones. I find that statistic surprising as well and it does not apply to me.
These findings come from a survey of 2000 people by the business calls OnePoll.
Personally, I spend very little time on Facebook (not enough?) and almost no time at all on Twitter. I don’t find Twitter useful at all. I prefer FB. That said, I do receive (and they are very welcome) information from regular PoC’ers about Facebook pages which I might find useful and which often form the basis of an article.
Today, many people who would have started up their own website now elect to create their own page on Facebook, I suppose because it is much easier to do it and because they are likely to get more visits which supports the statistics presented above.
Photo credit: Mike Licht (I added the bizarre words!)