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Google Plus may have arrived on the social networking scene, smashing in like a bull in a china shop, but it’s still going to take some doing for the search engine giant to dislodge the Big Boy On The Block, Facebook.

Everyone who’s everyone online has a Facebook account, and this may partly account for the fact that there are now more US Facebook account holders than US passport holders. Does this mean that Americans prefer a trip to cyberspace instead of a trip to somewhere in the real world?  Interpret it how you will.

The infographic below was made by the travel website Tripl and gives a clear and concise breakdown of the important facts and figures. As usual, just click on the infographic below to be taken to a bigger and clearer version.  We had to shrink it to make it fit on our page so this version isn’t entirely optimal.

As usual, we would love to hear your opinions about this infographic in the comments.

  1. MJ
    August 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Great headline, but sad, not from an economic standpoint.  One can get on facebook for much less than it costs to travel overseas.  Even for free if they access through school, public library, etc.  The better question is do they really have the desire, even if they could afford overseas travel?  Sadly, I doubt it.  I'm surprised the gap isn't larger than it is.

  2. Cell Travis
    August 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Facebook is the current king of the hill, no doubt. But there was a time when MySpace used to have that crown (before it went rapidly downhill). While the infographic validates some important facts (online vs offline), the thing about the digital social landscape per se is that it's ever-changing. Just like Google overtook AltaVista in its heyday, Facebook will, over time, have to deal with Google+ too. Hopefully for the end user, this means better security, privacy and cooler features. Matter of time.

  3. Anonymous
    August 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    #sad

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