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Monday, March 4

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Emerson Dameron / March 14, 2005 10:57 AM

It totally varies. If there's work to do, the covert surfing ain't worth it. Between six and zero hours a day.

Andrew / March 14, 2005 11:04 AM

Altogether too much.

Dawson / March 14, 2005 11:05 AM

I'd say on average about 4-6 hours, depending on work and how much free time I have @ home.

Michael / March 14, 2005 11:11 AM

Way too much...the internet is up all day at work, although how much surfing I do varies according to how busy I am. At home, I usually play chess online for at least an hour or two each night, in addition to surfing. I also do most of my banking and bill paying online as well.

Ian / March 14, 2005 11:26 AM

Through a combination of work and leisure related web browsing, email, IM and streaming media, a good percentage of the day.

I did resolve to have one technology free day a week; no internet, no cellphone etc. So far I have not sucessfully kept this regime...

Shasta MacNasty / March 14, 2005 11:31 AM

How much time ya got?

craftymonkey / March 14, 2005 11:31 AM

anywhere from 10 minutes to 6 hours of emailing, surfing, working, reading, banking...

steven / March 14, 2005 11:40 AM

between surfing at work (when it's slow) and banking and my site...prob about 6-7 hours.

Nicole / March 14, 2005 11:44 AM

Good lord, probably close to 8 hours- I spend all day at work online. Is this pathetic of me?

davin / March 14, 2005 11:54 AM

of course, too much.
it's kind of a problem, and now that i don't have a computer at home i've gone through some seriously withdrawl, with shortness of a breath and bouts of anxiety.

i wish i was kidding. ;)

Ken / March 14, 2005 12:06 PM

Luckily, I think sleeping still edges out time spent online — but just barely.

Overwrought Mind / March 14, 2005 12:31 PM

Monday-Friday: 6-7 hours per day

Saturday & Sunday: 1-2 hours per day

jm / March 14, 2005 12:59 PM

I am ashamed to say that I sent a file from my laptop to my husband's laptop this weekend...and we were sitting in the same room. When we are IM-ing and sitting in the same room, I will be more frightened now than I already am.

I am a junkie.

Anthony / March 14, 2005 1:04 PM

its my job. sometimes 16 hours during the week. during the weekend i try not to look at the thing, but it usually pans out to 2 or 3 hours (per day) looking for cool stuff to do.

CVal / March 14, 2005 2:15 PM

Between 5 and 6 hours in an 8 hour day, partially because of my job as an analyst for anal users partially because I need a mental break from the job of being an analyst for anal users!

emily / March 14, 2005 2:18 PM

It's up all day, every day at work. So...I have no idea. I don't have a computer at home, tho, so it's just at work. Granted, that's still 20 hours a week, but it's not as many as it could be.

paul / March 14, 2005 3:02 PM

It would be easier for me to figure out how many hours I'm not online. The majority of my time offline is sleeping or drinking at the bar, oh, wait, my bar just got wifi...

Pete / March 14, 2005 3:11 PM

For the official record, I am never online between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM, other than for company-approved business purposes. Beyond that, first show me a subpeona.

Steve / March 14, 2005 3:40 PM

A good four to six hours, I fear. Three hours or so for fun (goofing off at work, plus home) each weekday (counting Gmail time), and at least an hour/day for work.

Mac / March 14, 2005 5:38 PM

anywhere from 4-10 depending. Aaaiiieee! My eyes! They bleed!

Leelah / March 14, 2005 6:33 PM

I am constantly connected, even when I sleep.

I am usually on first thing in the morning, then from 8.45-9.45, from 11.30-12.15, and then again after 2.45. I can't email when I'm teaching... but my free periods are spent emailing.

I'm going to Italy next week, and I'll still be online. If my mac won't pick up wireless there, I'll spend at least an hour a day in an internet cafe.

I have a problem. Does anyone out there want to be my real life friend?

Ted / March 14, 2005 8:54 PM

What was that online service that had the jingle, "You don't need a friend/ You don't need a wife/ With the Internet/ You don't need a life"? I'm down to 1-2 hours a day, since I quit political chat rooms.

Maureen / March 14, 2005 10:53 PM

Considering how we're all geeky enough to respond to this, this probably isn't the best random sample.

Me? Far too much. But come next week I probably won't be on at all.

vit / March 15, 2005 8:36 AM

far too much time as work requires it and i've got DSL at home. But I'll be going to Canada for 4 days at the end of the week, and no computer for me, I wonder what the withdrawal will be like.

roderick / March 15, 2005 10:55 AM

Ian, the idea of a technology free day is great. I may want to try that out.

Between 4-8 hours a day. I just moved over the weekend (I actually have a 606xx zip code now, woo) and will not be connected at home until SBC sends out the DSL modem. I feel a little lost without Bloglines gathering all of my news for me.

Mike / March 15, 2005 12:37 PM

It's hard to even look at a monitor or TV after work, I must spend about 6 hours a day online.

dav3 / March 15, 2005 12:46 PM

as much as possible.

sundays used to be spent strictly on the sunporch with book and wine. no tv, no puter. now i'm in a crappy box apt with no sunporch. :"( someday i'll have my sunporch back.
for now stick me up with ethernetIV 24frickin7.
no shame in my game.

Scott / March 15, 2005 3:07 PM

I live my life in a virtual world,
breathing hexidecimal and pumping packets through my soul.

I spend far too much time in the electronic mess; how much time is anyone's guess.

Unfortunately, I'm also a software geek, making software to track us on-line freaks.

According to my records of 'surfing to date' I've been on-line since 1958.

God, I need to get outside and enjoy this sunny Boulder day.

I'm better now.

Chris / December 19, 2007 10:41 AM

well my job means I have to google things. which means that I sneek my own surfing in there at less busy times.. which is most of the day..

8 hours a day at work

Go home and slap my pc on downloading music and stand up shows and the like while playing online games or xbox till I sleep.

so 8 hours at work, 5 hours at home. 13 hour days. omg, im a geek????

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