The Addiction Series: Facebook

Bobby’s dating Sally. You found out on Facebook before Bobby even knew.

You RSVP’d for your grandma’s funeral on Facebook.

Facebook has now moved above showering on your priority list.

You just might be addicted.

There are 400,000,000 users worldwide and 175,000,000 of them log in at least once a day.

But what is it about Facebook has you, middle schoolers and your mom rushing to their computers every day?

“I like that I don’t have to leave my house to talk to a friend and I like that if I need help on homework, it’s right there,” said sophomore Maranda Kurtz.

“I like that I can not only talk to my friends from school, but I can talk to my cousins and friends who are really far away and catch up with them,” said sophomore Karen Myers.

Both class reunions and preschool play dates are organized on Facebook.

“I try to remember what I did before Facebook, but I can’t remember,” said Kurtz.

The average person visits Facebook four times a day for an average of 30 minutes.

Just seeing this picture tempts Penn Manor Facebook users to log on. Photo from

But that’s not always the truth.

“Sadly, I think I’m on Facebook for about two hours [a day]. It really goes from one extreme to another, like 10 minutes if I’m with friends for the day, or hours if I’m home alone,” said Brianna Rice.

“I spend around two hours on Facebook daily,” said Myers.

But to make sure they weren’t holding back, Kurtz was put to the test.

Kurtz tracked her hours for a weekend, including Friday.

Both Friday and Saturday were just under two hours each.

But Sunday, she made up for lost time.

First logging on at 10:52 in the morning, Kurtz spent a total of six hours and 56 minutes on Facebook that day.

“It was because of my CLA. I like to keep the tab open even if I’m doing something else,” said Kurtz, attempting to defend herself.

After logging off at midnight, Kurtz finished the weekend with a total of nine hours, 56 minutes, and one CLA.

“I actually thought it would be more than it was. I’m glad it wasn’t as much though,” said Kurtz.

Six billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day.

But everyone goes onto Penn Points more than Facebook anyway.

By Mike Nitroy and Lindsey Ostrum.

11 thoughts on “The Addiction Series: Facebook”

  1. haha, it’s so true unfortunately… i’ve seriously been late for things because my mom had to do something on farmville… that gets a little annoying hahaha. My facebook hours are probably about the same as maranda’s for a weekend.

  2. I dont understand why everything has to be online now… its a pain in the u kno what. especially since half the time the internet is down

  3. Let’s applaud Maranda for putting Facebook and the completion of her CLA on the same level in her priorities.

  4. @Hi People

    Yeah, I hate it when the internet is down. At first, I thought it was something on my end. Then, I realized that it was an international problem with the entire internet being being down. It sucks.

  5. @Ben
    There’s one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.

    But this service isn’t going to go through the interent and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.

    Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?

    I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

    Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.

  6. I am sadly SOO addicted to facebook. I dont think I do anything else when I get home.

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