I read an interesting article in the Sun newspaper (we only bought it for the cheap £9.50 holidays!!) last night. It was talking about mums who stay at home with their children and being on the computer a lot of the time. Here is what it said:
“A quarter of stay-at-home mums spend longer online than giving their kids quality time, a poll revealed yesterday.
Almost 80 per cent of “mousewives” spend more time surfing the net than cooking and cleaning.
And nearly 20 per cent said they waste more than five hours a day on social networking websites such as facebook.
A quarter spent online time at gambling sites, according to the survey of 1,466 women for a competitions website.
Siobhan Freegard of parenting website http://www.netmums.com said “If mums are spending too long online, it is worth considering whether they are becoming addicted to it.”
On average, mums spent more than two hours a day online.
Article taken from the Sun newspaper, January 12th 2010.
As somebody who works from home, I have fallen into the trap of spending a lot of time on the computer, and far more easily because I work from a laptop.
The first thing I do in the morning is switch onto Facebook and catch up with everybody’s news and have a game of Bejewelled before I make a start on the day. I call this my calm before the storm as I can guarantee it is half an hour peace before the onslaught of my children.
I have also been guilty of having the computer on all day, not necessarily sat at it all the time, but it is there in background.
I have made a more conscious effort since the New Year to watch more television and read books in the evening and only allowing myself a small amount of time in the evenings and larger chunks of time on 2 days per week spending time sorting out my website after the Christmas and New Year rush and adding more products.
This has also meant that I have not spent so much time ‘chatting’ on MSN … which I think may have cost me some friendships. This is hard as sometimes internet chat is the one thing that keeps me going when hubby is sat in front of the TV watching boring rubbish!!
At the end of the day though, I am feeling a lot more refreshed from not having spent so much time on the computer and I am a much better person.