A recent study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project confirms many of us go online for no reason. The phone survey conducted from in July-August among 2,260 American adults, found that on any given day, 53% of 18 to 29 year-olds go online just to have fun or pass time or for no reason at all.
The report finds that the amount of time people spend wasting time on the Web doing nothing really, corresponds inversely with age. Only 12% of people over 65 said they went online the previous day for no particular reason. Of those between the age of 50 & 64, the figures stood at 27% for the same query.
Overall, 58% of all adults said that they use the Internet to pass time or have fun at least occasionally. Among the adults who use the Internet, nearly 75% surf the Web aimlessly for no particular reason.
PewInternet.org will be releasing the full report on Friday.
So I am just wondering, what do YOU do online?
The answers could be wide, varied,multiple, and could include these and others too!
- Visit social networking sites for useful newtorking
- Visit Social sites to just hang around
- Information, news, developments
- Checking mail, chatting, etc
- Work Work and work only
- For fun
- Just hoping to find something of interest
- Or simply for no real reason
If you feel that you go and online for extended periods of time for no real reason, you may be addicted to the Internet. It might then be a good idea to consider getting some help, because according to experts addiction to online gaming, emailing, chatting, etc for extended period of time could lead to health problems.
Speaking for myself, I usually am online for a total of around 5 hours a day, working on this website, checking mail, and also visit social networking sites for 10 mins in the morning and 10 miniutes in the evening.
Love to hear what you do! 🙂
These links may also interest you:
- Social Networking Sites – The new opium for the masses!
- 7 tips to improve your Internet Security and stay safe online.