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Old 10-06-2016, 11:23 AM
Location: Haiku
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Originally Posted by Pitt Chick View Post
And high post count does not necessarily mean spending hours here. I average less than 6 posts a day. Than can take 5 minutes!
For me at least, I read probably 10+ posts for every post I respond to. A good post can take 20,30 minutes to write, at least the ones that have facts in them. I try to fact check before making an assertion of some sort. I actually think making posts can be a helpful thing if you are answering a question for someone.

The trap I see is the CD equivalent to channel-surfing, where I find myself wondering about, reading this and that. I have to remind myself that there are better ways to spend my time when I start post-surfing or reading crazy Internet schlocky "news" items. I guess it is a personal concern and I was curious if others do also.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:12 PM
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Ever since the Internet came to my place years ago, I've spent a lot of time on forums. But I also put in daily hours of hard exercise, doing yard work and packing camera gear around the hills and swamps. Aching joints will only get worse, if you don't give them a workout.
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:21 PM
Location: SoCal
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I've always spent a lot of time with online forums since I've got married. I'm a homebody and don't watch too much TV. So my family watch TV and I'm nearby surfing the net.
I just make sure I get out daily, get at least 1-2 hours exercise in the morning and half an hour swim in the afternoon then I'm fine.
I just had my blood works done and everything comes back great. No diabetes or predict-diabetes, no high blood BP, nothing, I think I might live till I'm in my 90s.

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Old 10-06-2016, 05:00 PM
Location: Florida
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I think you will find retirement better using the internet than if there was no internet.
Communications - phone, email, chat etc is better.
Shopping - almost anything including grocery's.

I agree that you need some balance. I would set aside a fixed time to go to the gym each day and other activities. The reason for the fixed time is to add a little structure to the day.
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:27 PM
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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In our free time, we spend about as much together as when were were working. She watches HGTV and occasional movies, goes to garden club meetings, and plays instruments.

I occasionally play instruments, spend a lot of time on the internet, read books, and work on my free internet service project, and work on the house.

Sometimes we watch tv or play games together. When one of us has to go somewhere, we often go together.
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Pitt Chick View Post
So of course, we all are sucked in too?
And high post count does not necessarily mean spending hours here. I average less than 6 posts a day. Than can take 5 minutes!

I use the internet as a break from all my activities. I am fairly sure than is more common than getting sucked in, not counting the gamers!
I do have the "sucked in" problem.

I have a couple/three projects I am working on - one in conjunction with two other guys. I use the computer for all the work and send my parts of it back and forth by email. And often we are working together but one in the U.S., one in Ireland and one on the Continent...so there is a lull while someone reads, thinks and then gets back with a comment or correction.

In the midst of all this if I get bored or stuck on my research, I go to C-D or some other place for a break; or if I am waiting for someone to answer in a half hour or so, I do the same. I love to read, but I hate getting absorbed in a book and then have to stop to answer and pick up work again. So....it's the net, and this can mean that I begin to roam on the net, now have neglected the project at hand, rush back, catch up....and on and on. The end result is sometimes three or four hours at the computer or more. (Part of the problem may be that I started working in a computer center in 1974, so the idea of being in front of a screen for eight hours was thoroughly burned into my habit patterns long before the general availability of computers to the public in the 90's.)

My remedy was to make hard and fast rules for myself about when I allow myself sit down at the computer and begin work on any of these projects. On the other hand, as I never watch TV, I do use this as a justification for the amount of time on the computer.
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:12 AM
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The internet can be both a boon and a trap (at any age) - depending on what one makes of it, how one uses this 'tool' to enhance or destroy one's life. Just as with most things, one must be smart about how one uses that tool.

My father used to sit a lot to read books. He also was smart enough to get up and move around and do other things around the house, etc. or go out with friends from time to time. Too much of anything good is not usually a good thing either. He died at age 95.

I think the net and my participation in it/with it, helps to keep my brain agile - and I like that. If it were gone tomorrow, there might be a few pangs of loss but I would cope fine. It isn't 'me' .. it is a simply a tool I employ to entertain myself, to 'observe' human nature in a different way, to assist me in some aspects of daily life ... as in when I shop online to save me gas/money/hassle/etc., to find information about the myriad of subjects that dance around my brain on a daily basis (which often before the internet would require a trip to the library or hunting through a lot of books to find information about), sometimes to satisfy safely a need to communicate with others without further involvement, to share my life stories (sometimes just to remind myself of them as much as anything) and (one hopes the occasional) bit of wisdom. Many reasons I enjoy the ability to do all this - and yes, I do often notice that it takes up more time on some days than others - but I still maintain the discipline to walk away when I need to.

When I am out and about I don't also put my head down into a phone - when I walk away from my laptop, I am 'unconnected' to the world outside my immediate space and I think it is important for me to keep the different perspectives in balance.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:38 PM
Location: Tennessee
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For me, the problem is that I often get engrossed with whatever it is I'm doing at any given time. If I get on C-D, I don't read a thread or two, I read fifty. I've read a 67 page thread in one sitting. I'll make an odd post or two on my phone, but most my posting is done in one sitting. It is a colossal use of time, but I rarely post much on weekends, which is usually when I'm out doing stuff.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:55 PM
Location: New Mexico
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Wonder how many hours will be consumed answering this thread? I spend more time than I realize -- hours each day on the internet. I turned into a news junkie and I keep several blogs, Facebook page, and help maintain a couple web sites so it adds up. That's just internet time...I write a lot so there are a few more hours on the keyboard. My computer is slow so that adds to the time and a little frustration.
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:19 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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......I know I get sucked into it and judging by some of the post counts around here, others seem to also.
How many post counts are too many? I have been on CD for eight years and therefore have a high post count. I first joined while I was working. Now that I am retired I have more time so I spend more time here. I don't feel "trapped." I'm here because I enjoy being here. I don't add up the hours.

On the Internet, off the Internet. Whatever floats your boat.
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