Now in his controversial bestseller Outliers: A success story, author Malcolm Gladwell sent the idea that if a person spent 10,000 hours in practical training or preparation in a particular field, he or she could reach the “expert” or “master” level. While it may be true that “rehearsal” is a way to get to Carnegie Hall – up to 10,000 hours spent rehearsing doesn’t turn the average musician into a concert virtuoso.

In addition, 10,000 hours spent on casual chess games may not help you become a grandmaster, although it can be argued that time could have been spent better than just watching Queen Gambit.

However, it can be discussed any that time was better spent than just posting on social media. Last year, Americans spent an average of 1,300 hours on social media behind a pandemic a new study from Uswitch. Facebook showed the way that Americans spent an average of 58 minutes a day on the app – or 325 hours a year. However, the social network has been declining among young users, who are increasingly popular apps like Instagram and TikTok – allowing them to be more creative and express themselves, the study’s authors noted.

Instagram was the second most used service and remained the most popular among Gen-Z users, spending almost 53 minutes a day, or 297 hours a year; Snapchat was also popular with the younger, who collected 50 minutes a day in the app or still 277 hours a year.

In addition to social media applications, the study found that Gen-Z members spend a shocking nine hours a day in front of a screen.

Excessive screening time can have consequences, the study warned, and “may have detrimental health effects from weight gain and poor sleep to increased susceptibility to certain diseases. Increasing screen time goes hand in hand with sedentary behavior, which in turn can lead to poorer physical health and well-being. use has a negative effect on the sleep of children and young people, which is vital for good well-being and health. “

The authors recommended that users map out how much time is spent through social media.

“We are so subconsciously immersed in our digital lives that this study really highlights how much of our time is spent in front of the screen,” said Catherine Hiley, a mobile expert at Uswitch.com. “Because more than half of our free time is spent on gadgets, using your device’s display time notifications and settings can be a great way to help set limits and enjoy some other activities for a while.”

However, the use of social media only replaces other functions. In the past, younger Americans may have spent the day talking on the phone or simply watching TV. So while it’s important that exercise and “fresh air” continue to be encouraged, it’s like a time away from social media means learning a new language, playing chess or the violin, and few teenagers are likely to ever spend the summer reading Chaucer or Shakespeare.

“It’s a sign that we communicate differently,” suggested technology and communications analyst Roger Entner of Recon Analytics.

“Social media eats up other forms of communication, such as video consumption,” Entner added. “The buzz for a long time was that people just sent text messages and didn’t talk anymore, which is only half right. We continued talking in the same way as before and then text messages a lot more than before. Our communication model has changed largely from receiving to interactive and social media only visible part of it. “

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