Blogging My Days Away

I recently read a startling statistic about internet addiction and faced the fact that I, too, am hooked on the internet.  Typically, I spend about 3 hours each night (M-Th) online, usually from 9p-12a, in addition to checking in on my blogs and email from my phone or work computer a few times during the day. 

In my own defense, we don’t have television here at the Amish Beach House (and haven’t for 9 years), so I get my news and entertainment online.  But still–3 hours 4 days a week?!  I’m averaging 13 hours a week online (with weekends), writing blog posts, commenting, writing reviews, watching the news, and surfing in general.  Total up all those hours and it adds up to roughly 4 weeks–ONE MONTH–of usage per year. *sigh*

Before Christmas (when Santa brought me an iPhone), I could only check in when I was near a computer.  Now I’m online while waiting at the Jiffy Lube or the grocery store.  I send emails from wherever I happen to be. 

I don’t log on as often during the weekend (except right now when I’m trying to avoid organizing the basement and garage) because my husband and I take day trips or have local adventures.  My weekend usage might be about 2 hours total.  I know that this is true for other bloggers too because my readership decreases on the weekends.

The thought of a power or internet provider failure strikes fear into my heart.  I’m going camping on a school trip in two weeks and know for a fact that there isn’t a cell-tower for many, many miles and I will be cut off from everything.  Will I survive?  It remains to be seen.

I can’t believe that I’m alone with my heavy internet usage.  On average, how much time to you spend online each week? 

23 Comments

  • At 2009.04.25 10:33, bermudaonion said:

    I don’t want to think about how much time I spend on the internet each week, so I’ll simply say too much!

    • At 2009.04.25 10:34, talea said:

      I’m right up there with you, and again, it’s because I don’t have TV.
      I love blogs, I love facebook, and I’ve recently become addicted to podcasts, and I spend far too much time drooling over knitting patterns.
      I figure there’s worse stuff to be addicted to.

      • At 2009.04.25 10:44, mari said:

        Too much! I am scared to total it all up. I do know it has been cutting into my knitting time. I need to shorten it and get busy on my Christmas gifts soon or I will never get any done.

        • At 2009.04.25 11:20, Positively Present said:

          Wow. I’m not sure I want to even think about this…I’m pretty much online from 8-12 and then 1-5 so that’s 8 hours a day Monday-Friday. Weekends, it’s less, maybe a few hours a day. Sounds like I have a problem…

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          • At 2009.04.25 12:03, Steph said:

            I also don’t have a tv, so the internet is our main source of amusement (well, that and Netflix… which we still have to update via the internet… also we watch tv shows online…). I don’t even know how to quantify the time I spend online, as even when I’m not surfing the web, I’m always connected and am always receiving email updates. I tend to spend less time on my computer in the evenings, using the hours of 8 – 5 as my prime surfing time (when I should be doing research, no doubt). It’s a problem though, that’s for sure…

            • At 2009.04.25 12:20, Molly said:

              Well, if your 3-4 hours a day = addiction, then I am hopeless! I am on the internet almost constantly! Now, in my defense, I use the internet to find lesson plans, to keep in touch with students and parents, etc. But in reality it is the biggest distraction in my life. However, I am willing to live with that distraction for a while 🙂

              • At 2009.04.25 15:11, vivienne said:

                Funny you should mention a power cut – we had one for an hour this evening and I started to panic. I was more worried about updating my blog than I was about the freezer defrosting!

                • At 2009.04.25 17:49, Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said:

                  I don’t even keep track. I know it’s a lot — I read e-mail over breakfast, check in multiple times during the day, and spend at least an hour online each evening.

                  The funny thing is, I don’t really miss the Internet when I don’t have access to it. I do miss being able to Google something sometimes, but, generally, if I have a book to keep me company, I’m good. I do worry about my blog when there’s a power failure, especially if I don’t have content scheduled to go up already. 90% of my posts are scheduled now and I’m really thankful for that since thunderstorm season is right around the corner.

                  • At 2009.04.25 19:59, Karen said:

                    I probably spend about 1 – 2 hours a day on the internet but we do have tv (and I tend to watch a lot of it!!). I try to be conscious of the time I spend on the net – I will have an agenda on what I actually want to look up, do etc… so that I don’t just end up browsing without purpose – doesn’t always work though!!

                    • At 2009.04.25 21:26, Missy said:

                      Too much time! With my job, I am on the internet all day, every day, working of course! 🙂 I do sneak and look at my blog maybe once an hour. In the evenings, I usually read. On the weekend, I am on maybe 6 hours total…3 on Sat., 3 on Sunday. When I am on the computer, I lose all sense of time….

                      • At 2009.04.26 03:58, Beth F said:

                        I have no idea, but I’m the computer all day for work and some of that time is spent on email, blogging, and so on.

                        • At 2009.04.26 08:16, Barbara said:

                          I have NO Idea and I really don’t want to know, either! 😉 I’ll tell you something else … I gotta stop reading comments and checking out commentors blogs which I then have to add to my RSS feed so that I can add books to my “To Read” list that already fills a small notebook! Of course, I won’t though.

                          • At 2009.04.26 13:00, Stephanie of Stopbouncing said:

                            too much.

                            • At 2009.04.26 18:43, Meredith from thinkthinks said:

                              Another one here who is too scared to add it up. As a freelance writer, I try to treat on line time like work. I work between 9 and 3 (with breaks for lunch, household chores, hanging out at the watercooler (Twitter) etc) and then once the kids are home from school I try to stay offline as much as possible. That way my evenings are free for reading and watching TV.

                              • At 2009.04.26 19:05, thedailydish said:

                                Let’s face it, we’re all a bunch of junkies!

                                I blame my own addiction on my husband. Before him, I never owned a computer. He bought me an iMac and an iPhone. Now I can’t imagine life without them (or him!)

                                • At 2009.04.26 19:50, Hayden Tompkins said:

                                  I am SO taking the 5th on this one. Suffice it to say, I spend a lot of time online. But I love the internet and don’t feel guilty about it whatsoever.

                                  • At 2009.04.26 21:10, Jenners said:

                                    Ummmmm…I don’t know if I want to know that actually. I know I mostly “blog” at night …. between 8 and 11 most days of the week. I usually use the weekends for catching up on blogs but I don’t post. I also sometimes try to slip some stuff in during the day if I’m lucky but that usually doesn’t happen!

                                    • At 2009.04.26 22:53, bybee said:

                                      I have a large amount of downtime between classes a couple of days a week, so quite a bit.

                                      • At 2009.04.27 01:13, g said:

                                        wait – you’re going camping??

                                        nat says: yes…can i borrow your miner’s light?

                                        • At 2009.04.27 04:05, Alaine said:

                                          Love your article, but I’d be too embarassed to admit mine. I think it’s more than you!

                                          • At 2009.04.27 10:59, Megan said:

                                            I’m hesitant to actually calculate this, because I know it’s going to be scary!

                                            During week? Monday through Friday? I’m on the Internet all day as an editor for a newspaper. So eight hours, five days a week . . . 4o hours.

                                            At night? After dinner, exercising, watching TV, etc., I’d say probably one hour — usually on my laptop. In fact, I’m typically on the Internet while watching TV and reading… just in case I need to Google something. I like having immediate answers to any of my questions! So five hours there, Monday through Friday.

                                            And on the weekend? Like you, I spend considerably less time online Saturday and Sunday. I usually don’t blog — or set up blogs to post while I’m off gallivanting or what have you. So maybe two hours total.

                                            All together?

                                            47 hours. A week.

                                            Ouch.

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