24 hour day – 8 hours of sleep = 16 hours of consciousness. 11 of these 16 hours, for the average American adult, are spent with some sort of electronic media.
Compared to past generations, this statistic is absolutely ridiculous. The amount of our lives spent interacting with technology has become massive. If this model, created by Statista were multiplied by 365, and then by ten, in order to calculate the number of hours a person spends engaging electronic media within a decade, the massive number would be 40,150.
Is this a good thing? A bad thing? As a prospective PR professional, should I try and convince people to just go ahead and sacrifice those last 5 hours, as well? As a concerned human being, is 5 hours enough ‘free’ time?
I don’t know the answers to this question. My mom thinks she does (more free time!). However, what I do know, is that life is about having meaningful interactions and experiences. How we do this depends on our preferences and circumstances. I’m tired of having the debate over whether the technological direction we’re headed in is good or bad. We need to recognize that the extent to which people welcome and use technology is going to vary from person to person.