Want to Print Facebook? Better Get 11.5 Billion Sheets of Paper [INFOGRAPHIC]

Printing a year’s worth of Facebook statuses would be equivalent to printing more than 500 million Oxford English Dictionaries, a new survey found.

Sure, it would be a waste of paper, but a UK online cartridge retailer thought it would be interesting to find out how much paper would be needed to print a year’s worth of Facebook statuses if the website’s 800 million users updated once per day. The answer — 11.5 billion sheets.

Of course, there are a few stipulations for cramming the statuses onto paper — each of the estimated 292 billion status updates would be an average of two lines, which is equivalent to 584 billion total lines; the statuses would be printed on 8.3-by-11.7 inch paper in size 11 point Arial font.

The print job would be expensive — the ink alone would cost about $194.5 million or 147.2 million euros. To compare, England could build two more of the London Eye with that amount of money. It would take 573 million hours to read every Facebook status posted in a year, which is how long it would take to fly around the globe 8.5 million times, according to Cartridge Save, the online ink cartridge retailer who compiled the facts.

The UK company surveyed 2,102 UK Facebook users by email to calculate numbers for the infographic. Of those surveyed, the average UK Facebook user spends 32 minutes per day reading on Facebook, and 62% of respondents write one status about two lines in length per day.

How much paper and ink do you think was used when people sent snail mail on a daily basis to communicate with family and friends years ago?

Infographic created by Cartridge Save

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  1. The information itself is very interesting, but the infographic itself is really hard to read.

  2. Funny little story. Hm.. if only i knew where i should buy my ink…

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  4. I could bet that more than half of those 292 billion yearly updates are either Drake lyrics, bitchin’ about something or aphorisms…

  5. Isn’t it a little strange that we are inferring about 800Mn facebook users after interviewing 2,102 UK Facebook users by email!!

    But, we sure do know that Zuck is a famous guy! Here is the proof! http://bit.ly/z2vi11