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Googling is down in the U.S., it seems

Americans prefer socializing on Facebook to searching for information on Google or looking up videos on YouTube. For the first time since its inception, Facebook beat out Google for a full week as the most visited site in the U.S.  That is the word from online tracking firm comScore.  

Data from the research company indicates that during the month of August, Americans spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook while spending just 39.8 million minutes on all Google sites combined.  

Nearly 10 percent of internet users across the U.S. use Facebook versus 9.6 percent for internet giant Google. Facebook has only one domain while the Google umbrella includes Google News, YouTube, Gmail and other sites, according to the 
New York Post and International Business Times.

"Internet users are spending more time posting photographs, updating status messages and scrolling through news from friends which is rivaling everything else people do online," said comScore.

This increase is significant as Google led by 12 percent just last year.  Internet users spent five percent of their time on the social networking site in August 2009 and less than two percent on Facebook in 2007 according to comScore.


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By LordSojar on 9/10/2010 5:16:10 PM , Rating: 5
This has the be saddest thing I've read about in a while. Excuse me while I lose faith in humanity more.

RE: Sad....
By amanojaku on 9/10/2010 5:22:27 PM , Rating: 4
For me it was this. It's not a real study, but I'll be damned if it doesn't match most of the Facebook users I know to a T.

RE: Sad....
By LordSojar on 9/10/2010 5:42:39 PM , Rating: 5
Yeh, that's pretty pathetic as well amanojaku.

Though, without hard scientific data, it's hard to take that at 100% face value; even so, it's still sad.

Here's a tip: Instead of playing Mafia Wars for 3 hours a day, why don't you put your time to better use and browse Wikipedia...? You might actually...gasp... learn something. I know Wikipedia isn't perfect and always 100% correct, but good lord... your friends don't need to know that you just exhaled and are about to inhale again, or that your boyfriend/girlfriend said something you thought was mean but because you love her/him so much, you just let it go but secretly you really didn't but you think you can but you really think you can't but you know you should (I could go on...)

RE: Sad....
By nge on 9/11/2010 3:05:30 AM , Rating: 5
*looks for "Share this on Facebook button".

RE: Sad....
By TSS on 9/11/2010 5:32:08 AM , Rating: 5
Facebook does increase productivity. Only not the kind of productivity you'd imagine.

It increases the effectiveness in which we can waste time. If we feel like wasting time, we can do it in an instant, if we feel like wasting more time we can go look what others are doing to spend their time. If we want to stop wasting time, we can do so immediantly by hitting the little X.

My proof of this? Your post. Just what exactly has it done to increase your productivity? Nothing. It has actually decreased my productivity because i found it interesting enough to reply to. Atleast if you'd played maffia wars your time spend would have yielded some sort of result. While what i write is based on nothing but my own logic. I need not think more for this post then i do for maffia wars because i'll think about stuff at the same speed anyway, even while staring out of a window (which i cannot do for more then 5 minutes because of the above).

Your friends do not need to know what your doing, no. But they want to know. Why do they want to know? Because they do not want to do whatever they where doing and the option is there to look what their friends are doing.

RE: Sad....
By TSS on 9/11/2010 5:34:29 AM , Rating: 2
Just to prove my point further, i've spend about an hour and a half typing and retyping the below comment. I'm not completely satisfied with it. But i decided i've wasted enough time on this.

RE: Sad....
By Jedi2155 on 9/11/2010 6:14:33 AM , Rating: 2
I've wasted far too much time on Wikipedia before Facebook. Now I waste far too much time on Facebook. Of course I've wasted a lot of time reading DailyTech comments at work.

RE: Sad....
By AntDX316 on 9/11/2010 10:53:51 AM , Rating: 2
The Question is now:
When will Facebook be on NYSE?

RE: Sad....
By Reclaimer77 on 9/11/2010 8:01:05 PM , Rating: 2
Well yeah, but by that logic we could stop playing video games and MMO's and put our time to better use as well. But pffft, who wants to do that!? :)

About Facebook, I think some of you are confusing it with Twitter. It's really not THAT bad. It's a great way to keep in touch with people all over the place, even family members, and sure some of the free flash games are fun too. But not everyone uses it like Twitter, at least nobody I know.

Is everyone really this judgmental or is Facebook the new thing that's popular to bash?

RE: Sad....
By UsernameX on 9/14/2010 12:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that the majority of facebook users are wasting their time. But as much time that can be wasted on facebook or typing this, it does provide value as well.

For instance, one of facebook's purpose is to reconnect people. My mother found her long lost brother, whom she was separated from at birth. Sure there are other alternatives to finding people, but look at how easy it was for her! And it was all free on top of that! Like anything else in this world, use it in moderation and your time 'wasted' will balance itself out.

RE: Sad....
By RW on 9/10/10, Rating: -1
RE: Sad....
By rburnham on 9/16/2010 4:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
The day my anti-social network mother got a Facebook account marked the beginning of the apocalypse for me.

Different objectives
By carniver on 9/10/2010 8:09:17 PM , Rating: 5
Facebook is designed to waste your time and to reduce your productivity; Google on the other hand tries to give you the most accurate answer in the least amount of time.

Comparing the two sites based on the amount of time spend on the site is skewed. Let's compare them in terms of their USEFULNESS.

RE: Different objectives
By XZerg on 9/11/2010 2:07:34 AM , Rating: 2
semi-agree and semi-disagree and here is why:
agree: worthiness should be measured by usefulness and most likely google is ahead but facebook isn't all useless either

disagree: this study isn't useless as advertisements prices are supported by such studies.

although i agree for an average user this study is meaningless...

RE: Different objectives
By xsilver on 9/11/2010 4:02:58 AM , Rating: 3
add also the fact that if google was to get better, you'd actually spend less time there because it gives you better /more accurate information.

If facebook was to add features you'd spend more time there.

I don't quite understand...
By symbiosys on 9/11/2010 9:30:46 PM , Rating: 4
I honestly think that comparing Google to Facebook is like comparing apples to oranges. Time spent on a site compared to ACTUAL unique hits are completely different.

Google... You type, you hit search and you follow your link.

Facebook... You status update, you read updates, you play Mafia Wars for an hour.

Albeit Google has Gmail, but even then the average user will spend more time playing Mafia Wars than checking their email.

Am I being silly or do I have a valid point?

RE: I don't quite understand...
By symbiosys on 9/11/2010 9:34:37 PM , Rating: 2
Stupid no edit button. I for one, keep my browser (with Facebook open) constantly, so add me to the study with 24 hours per day time please.

RE: I don't quite understand...
By rennya on 9/11/2010 10:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
You forget YouTube. Now there's where plenty of hours can be wasted. And there's Buzz/Orkut too.

RE: I don't quite understand...
By symbiosys on 9/11/2010 11:19:36 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yes, how did I forget Youtube, woopsie :( Well that evens out the playing field then. I still don't quite understand how Facebook has more time spent than Google products. Like i'm sure comScore's data is PRETTY good, but personally I think Youtube alone would out-do Facebook 'time'.

Incorrect Wording
By FDisk City on 9/10/2010 5:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
Nearly 10 percent of internet users across the U.S. use Facebook versus 9.6 percent for internet giant Google.

I'm sure far more people use Google than Facebook. The original article listed these numbers are percentages of time, not those that use.

RE: Incorrect Wording
By cruisin3style on 9/10/2010 7:29:51 PM , Rating: 2
Just wanted to expand on this a little for anybody that didn't read the source articles but are reading this comment

The source article says nearly 10 percent of the minutes people spend online was devoted to Facebook versus 9.6% of their time online went to google sites.

So say of 1,000 people they all spend 6 minutes of every hour on facebook and ~5.75 minutes on Google sites, not 100 people out of a thousand use Facebook and 96 people/thousand use Google sites...big difference

RE: Incorrect Wording
By sleepeeg3 on 9/12/2010 12:19:06 AM , Rating: 2
That makes sense. Is there an editor over there at DT? The writers should at least pony up and correct their mistakes.

RE: Incorrect Wording
By mcnabney on 9/13/2010 12:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
The reference was poorly written, but more importantly it is an irrelevant measurement. Google is pushing for faster results to get users on their way (and happy, so they always come back). That is how Search should be, as simple and seamless as possible. Facebook is all about taking as much of your time as possible, especially with the stupid games which really are no different than tricking people into spending dozens of hours manipulating a spreadsheet. Facebook was a neat tool to reconnect, but it has felt stale for awhile now. Soon there will be something else to distract us.

/I vote for USENET
//please not a mainstream 4chan

After hearing this...
By chagrinnin on 9/10/2010 5:57:35 PM , Rating: 5
According to SAI,(silicon alley insider),sources, the following exchange is between a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and a friend shortly after Mark launched The Facebook in his dorm room:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fvcks.

...I deleted my account and never looked back. It was an ongoing struggle to keep zuckhead from going public with information.

RE: After hearing this...
By ekv on 9/11/2010 2:07:59 AM , Rating: 1
SAI huh? cool.

here's a link to 'The Social Network' apparently set for release Oct. 1?

Not that I'm hawking the movie [since nothing Hollywood interests me].

In other news
By someguy123 on 9/10/2010 5:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
Average person in the US has too much free time.

Like me.

RE: In other news
By Lazarus Dark on 9/10/2010 6:51:56 PM , Rating: 2
Reading this article, my thinking is, okay, so more people waste time on Facebook than use the internet productively. And we should be cheering this?

Number check?
By Drag0nFire on 9/10/2010 5:23:04 PM , Rating: 3
I think "billion" would make more sense than million. If 10% of Americans use Google, that's 30mil people. If Americans used 40mil minutes over a month, that's 1.33 minutes per person per month.

Nothing new
By Scootie on 9/11/2010 3:58:20 PM , Rating: 2
Two years ago for a period of a few months I was part of the hi5 social network but since Im not a person who needs (special) attention I quickly got bored of it. That's why I didnt even start an account on facebook. Actually I did have one but only to check on an old classmate who had a facebook account ofc and asked me so. That account stayed idle for almost a year when I remembered it and deleted it pronto. Never had a photo uploaded to it or any other activity.
And about the article? We already knew this would come, sooner or later.

We are on the road of devolution since some time but noone really sees it. Dont you think?

By mudgiestylie on 9/11/2010 8:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
wouldnt users of facebook be logged in to facebook longer than google simply because you can leave your account on while you are away from a computer? i for one have a chat app on my phone that keeps me logged on to facebook almost 24/7, and im sure quite a substantial number of people staying logged in to facebook while they are away from the computers... pretty sure most people dont leave google windows open for any longer than while they are actively using them. could be wrong though.

What is google?
By timmiser on 9/13/2010 8:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I use Yahoo for my search and email needs cuz Google wasn't around yet when I started on the Internet and heck if I'm going to change my email address at this point. Plus, they (google/yahoo/msn) are all the same anyway. I've got the Facebook page but don't really spend much time on it, maybe 5 minutes a day on average. As long as you don't 'abuse' facebook, it is a great tool.

Interest may be peaking
By Mike Acker on 9/14/2010 7:20:17 AM , Rating: 2
interest in facebook may be peaking. Just as when folks found out the real nature of AOL they will learn about facebook as well: privacy issues with facebook are becoming generally known and test don't seem to go away despite assurances from the fb operators.

Worth pointing out that...
By EricMartello on 9/10/2010 7:00:15 PM , Rating: 1
Google makes money while Facebook is not very effective at monetizing all that traffic they have. Facebook is also bound to go the way of MySpace and that old forgotten site we used to call Friendster.

Another thing to note is that many facebook "users" are not users, they are bots. Bots designed to scrape info for spamming, or for spamming Facebook itself.

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