How much time to you spend online a day, and how do you feel about your internet use?

joja joja
I've noticed that my internet use has steadily risen since middle school, and with the way I crave it when I'm away, I'd say it borders on addiction. This seems to be relatively common in my age group, as many of us grew up with an internet connection and perhaps even computers in our bedrooms.

On one hand, I spend a lot of my time online reading and learning about things I'm interested in. On the other, I feel it is a great distraction from other things I need to get done in my life. I'm rather conflicted at this point as to whether I need to change this habit or not. So, I thought I'd do a little poll to compare my internet use to other EF members. How much time do you spend online a day, and how do you feel about your internet use?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Less than one hour
1-3 hours
Lady Neshamah , LavenderSkies , mcl272
3
4-6 hours
sexysweetieshan , Sapphire Pet , ToyTimeTim , Lady Venus , Tori Rebel , Kindred , SexyySarah , SydVicious , DONOTSHOPHERETHEOWNERISPSYCHO , LuLu Love , JEM , Darling Jen , Lady Neshamah , leatherlover , Mistress M. , ValuptuousVirgo , That Guy , darthkitt3n , Ash1141 , kendra30752 , mcl272 , Pink Jewel
22
6-8 hours
TitsMcScandal , NuMe , Rayne Millaray , Splendwhore , Envy , Love Buzz , sasweetheart89 , Rckt56 , Errant Venture , wrecklesswords , MrWishyWashy , Allstars316
12
9+ hours
Kayla , El-Jaro , Annemarie , Red Vinyl Kitty , Rayne Millaray , Splendwhore , Carrie Ann , MnWolf , Brandiewhy , usmcwife99 , Adriana Ravenlust , Sammi , Evoluchun , Airen Wolf , Alegria , RubenesqueAna , Jessica Elizabeth , PussyGalore , Misfit Momma , dv8 , xxx , kittychilla , zeebot , BeautiFullFigured , angel142stx , JRabbits , wrecklesswords , Starkiller87 , Shellz31 , DeliciousSurprise , potstickers
31
I'm okay with my current level of internet use.
Sapphire Pet , ToyTimeTim , Tori Rebel , TitsMcScandal , Kayla , NuMe , El-Jaro , Annemarie , Red Vinyl Kitty , LuLu Love , Rayne Millaray , Apinkjellybean04 , MnWolf , Envy , deadpoet , Adriana Ravenlust , JEM , Sammi , Love Buzz , Darling Jen , Evoluchun , Airen Wolf , Alegria , Rckt56 , leatherlover , LavenderSkies , PussyGalore , Misfit Momma , ValuptuousVirgo , BeautiFullFigured , darthkitt3n , angel142stx , Ash1141 , kendra30752 , wrecklesswords , Starkiller87 , mcl272 , Pink Jewel , DeliciousSurprise , potstickers , Allstars316
41
I'd like to be online more.
Misfit Momma
1
I'd like to be online less.
sexysweetieshan , ToyTimeTim , Lady Venus , SexyySarah , P'Gell , SydVicious , Annemarie , Rayne Millaray , Splendwhore , Carrie Ann , Brandiewhy , usmcwife99 , sasweetheart89 , RubenesqueAna , staceejaxxx , dv8 , kittychilla , Mistress M. , That Guy , zeebot , JRabbits , haley730 , Shellz31
23
Total votes: 133 (68 voters)
Poll is closed
08/09/2010
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ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
My time would be less if I was working. haha
08/09/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I'm online most of the daytime working hours but mainly because I work on a computer and it's easy to be online and get work done at the same time for me.
08/09/2010
SexyySarah SexyySarah
I'm online a lot more than I use to be, places like this, facebook, cafemom have been an escape and excuse for me to get online to poke around. It would probably do me some good to not be one as much.
08/09/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
I go through phases. Sometimes, like now, I tend to spend a lot of time online, and sometimes think it's excessive. Other times, I just have no desire to go online and can go weeks virtually not even checking my email (and then people yell at me, "Didn't you get my email?" Then I go and get it, thinking it's something important, and it's like, yet an other picture of a squirrel riding a bike or something.)
08/09/2010
Sexy Machine Sexy Machine
I enjoy coming home from work and checking out the internet.
08/09/2010
NuMe NuMe
I do almost everything online, including some work.
08/09/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
I voted for both "I'm okay with my online usage" and "I'd like to be online less" for a simple reason.

I go through bouts of wanting to purge it from my life and bouts when I can't get enough.

To be honest, I'm online about 99% of my waking hours, if you're including phone usage. I'm an addict, definitely.
08/09/2010
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
I'm online a lot, but I work online, so that's most of my usage right there. I enjoy my work a lot though, so I do not mind being online that much.
08/09/2010
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
I'm okay with my internet use because most of it is spent working. I just wish I could work faster or less. Course, if I worked faster, I'd end up finding more stuff I needed to do.
08/09/2010
Splendwhore Splendwhore
Quote:
Originally posted by Rayne Millaray
I'm okay with my internet use because most of it is spent working. I just wish I could work faster or less. Course, if I worked faster, I'd end up finding more stuff I needed to do.
100% Agreed.
08/09/2010
MnWolf MnWolf
With doing my schooling online and just checking things out for different reason's I am always on it, I only wish I could get paid to do it Now that would be Awesome...!
08/09/2010
Brandiewhy Brandiewhy
Quote:
Originally posted by joja
I've noticed that my internet use has steadily risen since middle school, and with the way I crave it when I'm away, I'd say it borders on addiction. This seems to be relatively common in my age group, as many of us grew up with an ... More
Between work, and personal use..im on for 9-10 hours a day. I'd like to get it down to less than 8.
08/09/2010
usmcwife99 usmcwife99
I have my laptop online 24 hours a day, ile rollover in bed check my email an stuff like that. The actuall time using it is probably about ten hours. I work from home and alot is online responding to emails and doing research.
08/09/2010
Sammi Sammi
I'm usually on 11-12 hours a day, but it's not all in 1 or 2 stretches. Usually it's broken up a bit.
08/09/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Now that my partner is home for a while, I've only gotten online less than an hour a day. But when it's not it's insane how long I stay online in some capacity.
08/09/2010
Evoluchun Evoluchun
I work online so def. more than 9 hrs a day and I'm fine with it cause when I want time away I take time away and go out and do things whenever I want
08/11/2010
Envy Envy
I'm online all the time. I hardly go out and see friends, so online interaction with people is how i get my dose of socializing.
08/11/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
I am on most of the day and I'm ok with it but the guys sometimes get peeved with me. Problem is I write most of the time I am online so they really can't complain.
08/11/2010
Alegria Alegria
You know I could say that because I'm a student, I use it for studying and homework, but not really. Maybe 1/5 of the time I'm on a computer am I doing that stuff. I'm just an expert at procrastinating and I love it! After all, that's how I found EF
08/11/2010
Lady Neshamah Lady Neshamah
there will be days where i don't even get near a computer. but i am on line from time to time.
12/14/2010
Harlequin Harlequin
When you live in a small town with nothing to do, the internet becomes your best friend!
12/14/2010
Jessica Elizabeth Jessica Elizabeth
I'm online all day, but I work online and do a lot of article writing, reviewing and other online activities. I'm fine with my internet use but do get a little irritated with how much stuff can build up if I'm not online for a day.
12/14/2010
xxx xxx
When you work at home/online, it's impossible to tear yourself away! I spend way too much time reading blogs and following forums as well. Sometimes I have to physically remove the computer from the room to get myself to stop and just relax for a few hours. It's worth it to be away from the grid for a while..but it's always nice to come back
02/17/2011
kittychilla kittychilla
i'm online quite alot. i kind of wish i'd be out with my friends more. probably will do so after i graduate or move out.
02/17/2011
Mistress M. Mistress M.
If I'm not at work or school, I'm on the internet. Its sort of my worst addiction.
02/18/2011
That Guy That Guy
I spend far too much time online. I find the lest time I spend online, the happier I am. Still, that's probably just because when I'm not online, it means I'm not at work and I'm out doing stuff.
02/18/2011
zeebot zeebot
So much time...too much time! I'm online pretty much whenever I'm home, because if I'm working/studying I usually need the internet, and if I'm doing art or knitting I'm usually streaming something. Plus of all the time I spend just wasting on the internet itself. I'm addicted, no question, I start getting stressed when I haven't checked my internets recently!
02/18/2011
BeautiFullFigured BeautiFullFigured
A lot of time, but then I'll have a computer "fasting" where I won't use the computer for a week or more. Mostly to enjoy my surrounds more and create a little balance.
02/18/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
A lot! I'm a stay at home mom. Lol
09/14/2011
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