Facebook (né TheFacebook.com) will celebrate its 10th birthday next week. It seems like just yesterday that college students were up in arms over high schoolers being allowed to use the social network. Now everyone—your 13-year-old cousin and her Facebook drama, your uncle that hates Obamacare, your grandma who comments on all your pictures, YOUR MOM—is on Facebook.
To be more precise: There are over 1.1 billion users on Facebook now.
If you've seen The Social Network, you already know the story: Mark Zuckerberg allegedly stole the idea from two Armie Hammers and used it to get back at his ex-girlfriend, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and then screwed Spider-Man out of the company and Justin Timberlake was there for some reason and had a one-night stand with the Fifty Shades of Grey girl. That classic story.
But here's the real question: How much time have you spent on Facebook over the years?!
The Techland branch of Time.com has created a widget that allows you to calculate how much time you have spent (read: wasted) creeping on that kid you know from high school whose life sucks now's page and whatever other Facebook activities you partake in.
Time.com explains their methodology on the site:
Facebook doesn't publicize data on exactly how often a user logs in, though you can bet that they've got that information. In lieu of that measurement, this app runs through the timestamps on every post in your feed until it reaches the earliest one, which it uses as the estimated date that you created your profile. Users who are extraordinarily active on the site may get an estimate that is considerably later than the actual date that they joined.
Find out your results. And then share them in the comments, if you're not too ashamed.
If you want some standards by which to interpret your results, here is a guide we put together:
0 Hours–1 Hour: You don't even have a Facebook. Why are you here?
1 Hour–31 Days: You have spent a month of your life on Facebook. While this may seem crazy high, it isn't so bad. This is where many of the casual Facebookers will fall (and remember, you have to factor in all the time you spent on FB in hight school and college when you weren't a real person yet).
32 Days–64 Days: Well, you certainly like Facebook. You have spent more than a month on the site. Try to cut down on your daily Facebook usage—the real world is happening outside of your news feed.
65 Days–364 Days: Woof. We might have a problem here. You have spent two months or more on Facebook. You may have an addiction. Just think of all the others things you could have been doing with that time. Was Farmville worth it?
365-Plus Days: YOU HAVE WASTED A YEAR OF YOUR LIFE ON FACEBOOK.