09/11/2010 01:42 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Will Virtual Farming Surpass Actual Farming?

Newspapers and currency are going digital, so is it any surprise that farming is, too?

A representative of Zynga, the social game company behind 4 of the top 5 top Facebook apps of the moment, said this week that the 60 million players of its virtual farming game, FarmVille, have farmed 500 million acres of digital strawberries, corn, watermelons and more. Contrast that with the 930 million acres of actual farmland in America, and that's a pretty sizable chunk of territory.

Oh, and FarmVille has only been out for a year.

It may seem silly to compare a video game to one of the world's largest professions, but the sheer numbers behind FarmVille -- a game in which users essentially mimic farm work for as many as 70 million hours a week -- are astonishing.

Click through to see the entire infographic on Farmville vs Real Farms.



Shane snow is a web entrepreneur and writer in New York City, founder of PrintingChoice, the online printing price search engine. See more of his infographics at