The unemployment numbers in the US paint a sad story. Knowing that a lot of people won’t claim for unemployment benefits, we know that the situation is more worse than what is being reported.

With all the social networking tools available to us and the six-degrees-of-separation rule, things should really get back to normal for people. The numbers show that – that is not the case.

Why?

One reason is that social networks have made people more busy at the cost of making them more productive. The chart below shows the real picture – 1 of every 8 minutes is spent on Facebook today. That is the average figures. This means that there are people who are spending a lot more time than what is being reported.

Imagine what would happen if the same one out of eight minutes was spent on reading or listening to a book that would help the person upgrade his or her skills.

We know what would have happened? A person who was unemployed would improve his or her chances of getting a job and a person who was employed would have increased his or her chances of keeping that job.

Sadly, that’s not the case. Facebook has probably become the default “time filler” for 93% of the people who are on Facebook (in the US). If you don’t have anything to do, you can always be on Facebook. There is enough information to consume for all the 24 hours in a day.

The questions that most people don’t want to ask:

Is spending time on Facebook REALLY helping me? 

How much time is the right amount of time to spend?

What am I NOT doing because I am spending time on Facebook?

Something to think about.