38 Things You Could Do With the Time You Spend on Facebook


Nielsen reported this week that Facebook is now officially the web's biggest time suck (or time sink, if you prefer), with the average American user clocking in at over seven hours of Facebook use per month – which doesn't sound all that shocking compared to how much TV the average American watches: 153 hours per month, and that's just at home, not counting sports bars, the Internet and so on. Holy crap, people, turn off the TV – you're probably missing something on Facebook!

Nonetheless, it's a lot compared to other online activities – seven hours per month is more time than we spend on Google, Yahoo, Bing, YouTube, Amazon and Wikipedia combined. (Holy crap, people, turn off Facebook, you might be missing something on YouTube!)

Occasionally we all make bad choices when it comes to how we spend our time. So I present to you a list of 38 alternative activities you could do in the time you spend on Facebook.

  1. Get an extra night's worth of sleep
  2. Write an extra week's worth of blog posts (or guest posts)
  3. Attend a one-day conference, seven webinars or 14 product demos
  4. Take a seven-week class (dance lessons? Learn PHP?)
  5. Respond to 84 unanswered emails (five minutes per email)
  6. Make your own lunch to bring to work every day
  7. Apply to three grants or 14 jobs
  8. Buy an external hard drive and back up all your files
  9. Read to your kid for 15 minutes a day (or watch half an episode of Sesame Street with them)
  10. Write in a journal for 15 minutes a day
  11. Add a chapter to your novel
  12. Run a marathon (or three)
  13. Bike 70 miles
  14. Ski 420 miles (if you're Lindsay Vonn)
  15. Do the Denise Austin: Boot Camp Total Body Blast! workout eight times
  16. Climb Mount Whitney
  17. Hike down the Grand Canyon
  18. Get seven massages
  19. Meditate for 20 minutes four times per week
  20. Floss 200 times (6 times per day!)
  21. Clean out your closets/basement/attic; donate your rejects
  22. Go to the dentist, see your doctor, wash your car, get a tune-up and rotate your tires, flip your mattress, pay all your bills on time, and send someone flowers (it's probably their birthday)
  23. Paint a room
  24. Read a 400-page book (averaging a minute or so per page)
  25. See a play, a concert and an opera
  26. Watch the entire Cremaster Cycle, with time for a couple of bathroom breaks
  27. Process three drinks
  28. Watch 140 YouTube videos
  29. Read 168 Wikipedia "articles"
  30. Drive from Boston to Washington, DC, or Paris to Munich (no bathroom breaks, sorry)
  31. Fly from New York to LA or London
  32. Cook two 12-pound stuffed turkeys in a row
  33. Make your own yogurt
  34. Make a batch of Jell-O shots
  35. Play two rounds of golf, one game of Risk, three games of Monopoly, or nine games of Clue
  36. Beat Halo 3, KillZone 2, Secret of Monkey Island, Sonic & the Secret Rings, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, or Wolfenstein
  37. Solve 2,530 Rubik's cubes (assuming you're really good at this)
  38. Volunteer

And if you'd really rather spend your time on Facebook, consider becoming a fan of WordStream? :)

Have a great weekend!

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David of seo-writer.com
Feb 19, 2010

Yes, #1 would come in handy. I am glad you placed it there. And having noticed who is up on Twitter at various hours (accounting for their time zones), I know I am not the only one!

Where did ina go? « Currently Under Construction
Mar 03, 2010

[...] on Friday, and it was AWESOME. I can’t say Christine’s article recommendation about the "things we could be doing instead of being on Facebook” had nothing to do with it. You can read more on Christine’s views on Facebook [...]

Jul 06, 2010

Its worse than you think... according to the facebook website (and some calculations i made, the average active user spends approxiamtely 40 hours on facebook in a month, meaning you have time to do 2 of the things above plus some more.

Jan 07, 2012

I love the creativity that went in to this! And that's only if you are on Facebook seven hours a MONTH! I've recently decided that I'd had it with Facebook altogether. Hope it's okay if I post a link to your site on my blog. Now that I'm off, there's actually quite a few things on this list I would love to do!

Nichole Nikoliovich
Jun 24, 2013

I could see actual rainbows whilst reading this article.Is that a good sign, or does it mean that I've been on the internet for too long?Nevertheless, this article motivated me further to pursue my Facebook diet. Thankyou for that.www.nicholiovich.wordpress.com is where I live.Do visit sometime :)

Nov 21, 2014

Great motivating article. Unfortunately, since this post people only spend more time in-front of screens.Personally, I think it's a great practice to always take a few hours out of your day to detox from my phone, computer, TV and any other screen. I find if i don't I always get headache's at the end of the night, yikes! 

Jan 16, 2015

What if all of them are done??

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