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Back Away from the Screen

Back Away from the Screen

How much time do you spend on the internet? 

According to an article published by the CBC, the average Canadian internet user was online for 41.3 hours per month in the last quarter of 2012.  Even though this is slightly down from 45.3 hours in 2011 we still ranked second in the list of top country internet users – just behind U.S. who logged 43 hours online each month.

I’m not exactly sure how much time I spend online but I do use the internet a lot.  I check the weather, research and price products, check in with family and friends, read the news, book travel and watch the occasional YouTube video – what I would consider the usual things.

It made me wonder thoughhow much time is too much time spent on the internet?

From what I discovered, it’s really not so much about the amount of time that you spend on the internet that causes concern but whether the time you are spending is interfering or causing conflicts with other parts of your life.

I found an online internet addiction test developed by Net Addiction .  By answering a series of 20 questions, the test may help to identify whether you have a problem with the amount of time you are spending online.  You can access their questionnaire here.

I think what is really important is for us to just be mindful of the time we are spending online and make sure that there are not other things that we could or should be doing instead that could either increase the quality of our own lives or improve the relationships with the people important to us.

So with that said, I’m going to back away from my screen and go for a walk – it’s a beautiful day and that will definitely improve the quality of my life!

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.