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March 15, 2009

Filed under: Internet — Terry Wohlers @ 08:56

The March 10, 2009 issue of USA Today reported that social networks and blogs have become the most popular online activity, ahead of email. More than two-thirds of those who spend time online visit social networking and blogging sites. Considering how much time people spend processing email, it’s a little hard for me to believe, but it’s probably true. I’m sure the tens of millions of Facebook and MySpace users have a lot to do with it. According to the article, Nielsen Online stated that of the nine global markets it researched, 30% of Internet users visit Facebook monthly.

Mobile access to these networking sites is also on the rise. An estimated 10.6 million people in the U.S. access the sites through handheld devices. I’m a regular “smartphone” user, but I don’t use it for Facebook or other social networking sites.

I know that networking sites are beneficial to many people, including professionals. It can be time well spent if you are searching for a new job, wanting to exchange common interests, or hoping to build your list of professional contacts. For me personally, I’m at a point where I’m looking for less to do, not more. My current 50-60 hours of work (and some play/exploration on the computer) per week is plenty for me.

So, if you invite me to LinkedIn or another social network and I don’t accept, that’s why. Don’t take it personally. Maybe I’m “old school,” but if you want to communicate, send an email or phone me. Unless the email does not make it through our spam filter, I will respond. Also, feel free to express your thoughts by selecting “Comments” below.