For many people, checking social media sites is a main ingredient of their daily routines. The wee hours of the night may consist of posting selfies, while the morning may be the time to catch up on all your friends’ latest interactions. Your social media behaviors might be well known by those closest to you and, by now, it could be public knowledge.
San Francisco-based software engineer, Soren Louv-Jansen says, “many people visit Facebook as the first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to bed. It is, therefore, possible to get a good impression of their sleeping habits.” Louv-Jansen checked the time stamps from Facebook’s Messenger service to see when users were asleep. For the engineer, the research paints a pretty simple picture. When someone disappears from social media platforms altogether, it’s reasonable to assume this person is sleeping.
While these findings may appear to be common sense, they can come in handy for software developers. Think of this as important market research for the future of social media. One can only imagine what popular sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram use this information for. At the very least, these findings should indicate your non-social media actions to your friends.
Most of us can relate to these findings. And, perhaps some of us don’t even notice it. Many tend to check their phones constantly throughout the day. The usual final resting place for one’s phone is generally right next to said person’s resting place as well. As the studies illustrate, we tend to check our favorite social media sites on our handy device right before we lay down for good. When we wake up, we often find our confidant flashing with texts and/or notifications. Today, it seems second nature to check our phone right away. Louv-Jansen says this is an obvious behavioral pattern.
“By creating a simple service that checks Facebook every ten minutes, I’m able to get an accurate picture of my friends’ Facebook usage,” Louv-Jansen said here. He went on to publish his findings into Github, which is used by hackers and developers to see and take advantage of.
Some can argue that this study may be inconclusive seeing that the only social media site checked was Facebook. But, according to research made public right here, Facebook remains the most heavily used social media platform. And, the site really isn’t that close to any of its competitors.
As the research shows, 79% of active online adults use Facebook. Instagram came in second at just 32%. Popular platforms like Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter finished just slightly below the internet’s favorite spot for photographs. Not only are these sites trailing Facebook, the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, continues to see growth each and every year since 2012. While Facebook’s popularity soars, it’s four biggest competitors continue to experience ups and downs among users.
As studies indicate, Louv-Jansen certainly targeted the right site to help prove his point. Not only is Facebook often used to document people’s every move and location; the absence of their presence most certainly tells the tale of their non-social media life as well. Facebook is proving to be one of the most accurate tools this generation has to monitor any and all of its habits.