Starting last Saturday and finishing Monday May 30 was memorial weekend in the US. Beside parades and various celebrations, for many Americans it is also the first day of “summer”. Community pools open, people start BBQ parties and de-winterize their sprinkler systems.
Most of my readers are living in the US, yet Monday June 30, my blog had a record in term of number of people who visited and read posts. So people where either connected through their mobile devices while eating some chicken wings grilled on the barbecue or just craving to read news, blogs, Tweets on the internet and social media after 3 days offline.
A lot has been said about “Ttwitterholics”, “Facebook addicts” and compulsive usage of social media in general. I admit I am hooked on social media but I am not really addicted just sometimes I am so in the “flow”, see my previous post: Do you work too hard ?, that I forget the time and may be late to prepare the dinner for example.
So how long can you stay completely offline? I will be very curious to get your answers. I can spend 3 days included in a long weekend totally off , not writing or RT anything and check only emails for less than 30 minutes per day during vacation (one or two weeks in a row).
I don’t have TV, so instead of staying more than 2.5 hours on the couch passively watching news, commercials and celebrity shows, I actively “pull” information from the web, have serendipitous conversations with perfect like-minded strangers or customers and potential partners. Many of my friends and probably people I meet frequently on the internet see me posting everyday on Linkedin , Twitter or FB, which are the main platforms I used. People might think that I have nothing else to do beside being active on the internet. I am on social media mainly for work. I am an expat small business owner so using internet is my main marketing strategy to keep it afloat as a portable career when I am transitioning from one country to another.
Here the average time I spend daily on social media activities ( I excluded the time spent checking emails and online business like coaching clients or getting professional trainings)
- Learning: (1.5 hours) almost everything and anything and trends on my fields of expertise, mainly through reading blogs and Tweets.
- Engaging :(2.5 hours) with existing or potential customers by writing posts in my blog, interacting on LinkedIn, Skype and Twitter.
- Relaxing (less than 1 hour) by sharing funny YouTube videos on Facebook or commenting on friends’ walls.
A recent Nielsen survey shows that the average American TV consumption is very high (141 hours per month) : which is more than 4.5 hours/day ! While according to Nielsen internet is used for an average time of 68 hours per month (at home and at work).
So while I do not hear about TV addiction a lot compared to social media one nowadays, I am not spending more on the internet than the average American on TV ! In addition, I don’t have withdrawal symptoms when I cannot access to the internet and don’t yet use mobile technologies to connect to social media.
What about you ? How much time do you spend on the Internet ? Can you stay totally offline for one or more days?