Too much time online

Finding the right balance between your online social life and your offline life

How much time do you spend online each week? If you’re an average Internet user, a recent poll found that people spend 13 hours online each week. The average teenager spends 31 hours per week online.

13 hours seems rather low. I know I spend more than 13 hours a week online. I most likely spend more than 31 hours online. Mind you my businesses depend on me being there.

I asked some people on Twitter how much time they spent online and the answers ranged from two hours a day to 14.

Some people use the internet for work, so of course they spend a lot more hours on the internet compared to the average net user.

Between Tweeting, answering blog comments, reading blogs, writing posts, reviewing poetry, updating websites, answering emails I spend a lot of time online.

It’s no surprise that more and more people are turning to the Internet these days not just for information, but to seek out personal connections and build relationships with people.

But are your offline relationships suffering because of it?

Last week I was reading a blog post where a husband said that his wife felt he was spending too much time online and that she was feeling very neglected.

Balancing your time online and family can be a challenge, but I really think it is important to find that balance between your online social life and your offline social life.

Because while you’re busy tweeting and updating your blogs your family may just be missing you.

Make small weekly goals that get you involved outside of the cyber world.

As for me?

I make it a point each week to connect with friends and family offline. The computer will always be here when I return.

Life passes us by so fast. Take time to smell the roses. Take time to show those in your life that you appreciate them.

What do you think? How much time do you spend online? Do you find it hard to balance your Internet usage? Is your social life suffering, because of all the hours you spend online?

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