There’s no denying that social media is taking over the world. If you think that sounds like a weighty statement, it’s not, and we have evidence to prove it. Enter BuzzfeedVideo’s mind-boggling, “11 Shocking Facts About Social Media,” a one-minute and 48-second video that will frighten you enough to realize just how powerful and pervasive social networking platforms are these days.
Sure, there are now hit songs about selfies, a phenomenon that hardly existed some ten years ago, but what about the real scary developments a la Twitter, Facebook, and the rest? Buzzfeed does a pretty spot-on job of highlighting some of the most shocking consequences of the rapid-fire spread of these virtual networks.
The video begins by explaining that social media overtook porn as the number one online activity in 2008. Good news? Bad news? (Don’t answer that.) So porn isn’t the reason marriages are ending, but Facebook may be. What do we mean by that? “One third of all divorce filings in the U.K. in 2011 contained the word ‘Facebook’.” That’s…terrifying. Who knew a few status-updates-gone-wrong could result in a call to the divorce attorney? Can you say “delete account”?
The deleting of accounts is unlikely to happen any time soon, though. Consider the magnitude of social media participants: the video states that if all Twitter users formed a country, it would be the fourth largest in the world. That’s a lot of people. Like, a lot of people.
Imagine how deeply unhappy that would-be country was when Ellen DeGeneres literally broke Twitter after posting the photo below (the most popular tweet ever, with some 1.3 million retweets in under an hour):
We don’t blame our girl, though — Ellen’s picture was way worth temporarily crippling the Twittersphere (#weloveyoubradleycooper).
Check out the video below for more not-to-be-believed social media factoids. You may think twice before posting your next selfie. Or you may not.