Tuesday, 14 March 2017

How Much Time Do We Spend Online? | Collaborative Post

A few weeks ago I was testing a pedometer app as a favour - this is completely unrelated to blogging or anything I do on social media so that's not what I'm going to be talking about, but it did get me thinking about how much time I spend sitting down; like, it's actually embarrassing and I am slightly ashamed. I definitely consider myself to be hardworking, and I'm always busy - I genuinely rarely have time to do something just for me - but, testing that app, I realised something: I don't move a lot. I blog, sat down; I film and edit videos, sat down; I go to an online school, sat down, and now I've passed my test I'm driving everywhere. (Although I would just like to add that this isn't because I'm lazy but because I'm savagely fending off lone-driving anxiety before it can even begin, as I read about someone who passed their test and then didn't drive until 12 years later. Ain't nobody got time for that.)

I guess this is why some authors, or other people who work from home, invest in those desks that are also treadmills. To be honest, I will never get to that stage. Ever. But I thought it'd be interesting (and far too revealing, I'm now thinking) to see how much time I spend online over the space of 7 days. So here goes...

Monday 6th March 2017: Monday was weird. It was the first day of a very busy week, and I think I had pre-exhaustion - if that's even a thing - where I knew the next day would be mad, and so I was conserving energy. This was through no choice of my own, by the way - I had stuff to do, but I wasn't doing it, and I was online pretty much all day, frustratingly. I just... couldn't. A couple of hours was spent in an English lesson, though, and another hour was spent revising Wuthering Heights in my own time. So... just putting that out there. Approximately 5 hours.

Tuesday 7th March 2017: In contrast to Monday, Tuesday was utterly exhausting. I got just 3 hours of sleep before getting up at 4am and going to London. I spent the morning at an International Women's Day breakfast at the Institute of Directors (!) hosted by Theirworld, a charity which works to improve the lives of young girls and women around the world. It was insanely inspiring (and very Posh with a capital P) and I met some amazing women. After that, I spent a couple of hours at the British Library, working on my essay for the Rife anthology, before whizzing off to a lunch meeting at Instagram. A few more hours after that were spent upstairs at the Tottenham Court Road branch of Waterstones where I once again worked on my essay... for 3 HOURS. Then I got McDonald's before heading to the High Street Kensington branch of Waterstones (from one store to another...) for Sophia Bennett's Following Ophelia launch. I probably spent an hour online all day, and did roughly 20,000 steps - in stupid heels that made me bleed rather a lot, nonetheless. I will never make this mistake ever again. Approximately 1 hour.

Wednesday 8th March 2017: At 8:40am I had tutor group, and then from 9:30-1pm I had Media Studies, so - as I go to school online - I was on the Internet for just over four hours. As awesome as Tuesday was, I'll admit that I overdid it, and for all of Wednesday I was in a lot of pain, meaning I didn't get a lot done. Surprise... this meant I was on the Internet quite a lot! However, it was International Women's Day and I was doing a lot of social media-ing about that, and I really needed to chill out, so I feel like it's okay... *awkwardly justifies Internet obsession* Approximately 6 hours.

Thursday 9th March 2017: I was pretty productive, rushing about, finding books with matching props to photograph in bulk for Instagram. I love doing this, but the hour or so of editing afterwards is... less fun. I was out for a chunk of the day, but I did spend a couple of hours online studying with the Teen Bloggers team. Approximately 3 hours.

Friday 10th March 2017: Haven't mentioned it yet but Oscar (our cat) has been quite ill for a while now, so we've been back-and-forth to the vets for surgery. He's in the cone of shame, so we have to observe him as much as possible because he's bumping into things, struggling to go to the litter box by himself (he can't fit through the door) and his cone is causing him to face-plant the carpet rather a lot... Friday was basically me being a cat-sitter (with some social media-ing, obvs.) Approximately 3 hours.

Saturday 11th March 2017: I volunteer on Saturdays so I don't get a chance to look at the online world until the early evening. As soon as I got home I had a study session booked in with Holly (book blogger and classmate - it's a small world) who kindly spent an hour teaching me a couple of things I really wasn't getting. After that, I spent all evening making sure I 100% had it, which meant I was on the laptop but offline. That said, before going to sleep I always spend a while on the interwebs... Approximately 3 hours.

Sunday 12th March 2017: Sundays are always really busy for me; I use them as a day to catch up on anything I haven't done during the week - usually little bits here and there - and now I have my licence, I've taken over the task of doing the weekly food shop. I didn't spend much time online because of that, and also because I waxed my car so hard I probably developed abs. In the evening, I read for hours non-stop, which is something I haven't done for ages. And Then We Ran by Katy Cannon, for those interested - an excellent example of unique and current YA. 100% recommend. Approximately 1 hour.

Conclusion: I'll have an incurable hunchback and an adjustamatic bed for the elderly at this rate (unless I repeat Tuesday every day, in which case all I'll be needing is an early grave.) I was online for approximately 22 hours, and let's be honest, I've probably subconsciously underestimated how long I spend online to make myself look better. Who wouldn't? However, 85% of my time online is spent working, either on the blog or on college stuff, and the other 15% is spent socialising. It'll do my back in at some point, but it's important to remember that if you see a young person on their phone, it's not necessarily a bad thing; mindless scrolling isn't the only thing you can do on the Internet... the possibilities are endless.

That said, I apologise to future-me for the bad back.

How much time do you think you spend online?

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