What Really Drives Us

Have you seen the map of online communities from Randall Munroe at xkcd? It’s pretty cute. You can also see a full sized one here, to read all the little text.

If I were going to guess where people go most often on the internet, I would guess:

1. Porn

2. Email

3. Facebook

4. Everything else

 

A friend of mine took a nice trip over break to a country that tries to keep its citizens off Facebook. And so, of course, people spend an incredible amount of time trying to figure out how to get onto Facebook, by using proxy servers and hiding their ip addresses and downloading questionable files that promise to help.

 

I can’t imagine people trying that hard to get onto any other site. And for what, really? So that we can read other people’s statuses and see their latest pictures? There are two ways I’m tempted to think about this:

1. Hey, innovation comes from the funniest places! I wonder what genius hacking methods people will develop trying to get on Facebook, and where else those innovations will be used!

2. Oh, my goodness. What a ridiculous waste of time. Imagine all the useful things that people could be doing.

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