Did you know the average Facebook user spends 50 minutes a day on the site?

That’s 304 hours a year on Facebook.

And Facebook has 1.65 billion monthly active users.

This means every year there are about 501 billion hours spent on Facebook worldwide!

Just let that sink in for a moment. Humans are spending a ton of time looking at pictures, watching random videos and reading rants.

I understand there are good things about social media too. But I just can’t get over those numbers… 501 billion hours! It just feels a little excessive.

And while I’m powerless to change the global online habits of 1.65 billion people I can do something about my own. So can you.

Let me ask you a question:

Is time or money more valuable to you?

There’s no right or wrong answer. Some people value money more and I’m not here to judge. But personally, I value time way more.

In fact, one of the main reasons why I wanted to quit my job 5 years ago to become a freelancer is because I wanted more control of my time. And I didn’t want to spend 40 hours a month in traffic (which is what I was doing back then)!

The way I see it is that you can always make more money but you can never make more time.

If you agree then I want to issue a challenge to you (and to myself). The challenge is not to simply “quit Facebook” just to quit Facebook. Instead I propose you do something else:

Make a conscious decision about how you spend your time in 2017.

When you do this you start to take more responsibility and ownership of your life. It’s the mark of a powerful person vs a powerless person.

You have the power to choose where you invest your time.

And you may decide that you do indeed want to spend 304 hours on Facebook next year. Or you may decide to invest those hours elsewhere. Whatever you decide is fine, just make sure you think it through and make a conscious decision.

Or You Could Spend 304 Hours Doing This

Here are some ideas on where you could invest those 304 hours if you decide to quit Facebook:

Write a Book:  You could write a book. Or at least make a significant dent in it.

Learn to Code: Coding is a valuable skill these days. Check out this thread on Quora for some ideas on how to invest your first 300 hours.

Blog Daily: I publish a blog post every day and it usually takes me less than 50 minutes to write it. So you could publish a new blog post every day.

More Family Time: You could spend more quality time with your spouse or kids. Maybe you decide to have family reading time each day.

Start a Freelance Business: If you want to quit your job to freelance full-time you could make a lot of headway by devoting 50 minutes per day to getting and servicing clients.

Get Fit: Imagine where you could be physically if you invested 304 hours into physical fitness next year. I’m committed to doing CrossFit 3 times a week all next year.

Volunteer: Is there a cause you care about? Maybe you want to be more involved in your church. 304 hours is a lot of time you could invest in good causes.

Get Better at Chess: I threw this in here because I love chess! And I want to get better. And investing 304 hours into this kind of deliberate practice sounds fun.

Read the Bible 7 Times: It takes on average 43.79 hours to read the entire Bible. So you could get through it about 7 times if you spent 50 minutes a day.

Read about 50 Books: Assuming it takes you about 6 hours to read a book you could get through 50 books next year in the time you would have spent on Facebook.

I could go on and on. But I think you get the idea. Remember, life is about tradeoffs. So the question to ask is not, “Is Facebook good or bad?” Instead ask yourself, “Where do I want to spend my time next year?”