Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook has reached 1 billion active users.
If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populous in the world, next to China which has 1.33 billion people, and India with 1.18 billion.
That means, too, that there are at least a billion people in the world who have access to the internet.
Meanwhile, there are 2.6 billion people in the world who do not have access to toilets, according to WaterAid’s 2007 State of the World’s Toilets. And 1.1 billion people who do not have access to safe water.
That’s two fifths of the world’s population who do not have access to adequate sanitation. That is why, 1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.
According to the World Health Organization, this amounts to around 5,000 deaths a day.
Seen in the light of Facebook’s 50 million likes per day for pages, that’s one person dead for every 10,000 Facebook likes.
In the Philippines, we are ranked 8th in the world in terms of number of Facebook users, according to socialbakers.com. That’s almost 30 million Facebook users in a country with almost 23 million who lack access to clean water and toilets; 14th in the world’s worst places for sanitation.
They are not really connected, but maybe we should connect the two?
After all, in this video from Facebook, it says: “Chairs are for people, and that is why chairs are like Facebook.”
A toilet is just another chair.