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?