How Do You Spend Your Time Online?

by TTMK on October 28, 2013 · 9 comments

It’s often said that time is money.  We can usually make more money, but can’t make more time.  After all, nobody has ever defeated father time.

With that reality, our  time is precious and we want to make the most of it.  Thus, if we give any of it up, there should be something valuable given in return.  Now, this isn’t going to be the case with things we truly need to do. However, once our to-do lists are taken care of, and we’re done working, our “free” time is valuable.

More and more, people seem to be spending more time online.  I don’t think being online can substitute for actually spending time with other people, being outdoors, etc.  Even though I’m a blogger, I enjoy actual, in-person interactions much more.  Attending the recent FinCon (Financial Blogger Convention) served as a reminder, as there were opportunities to learn from and get to know other bloggers.

Nevertheless, being online is a part of our lives that’s probably not going to be decreasing anytime soon.  With that, I was thinking about how we spend our time online.  Here are a few different ways that came to mind with my own life:

Blogs. Having a couple of blogs, I probably spend more of my online time on my blogs that in any other way.  It takes time to write blog posts, and do everything needed to run a site.  Additionally, I visit other blogs and try to be active in the online personal finance community.

Facebook.  I suspect that this might the biggest use of time for many people.  Personally, I’m not super active on Facebook.  Back to the original concept from the beginning of this post, there is only so much time available!  Something has to give, and for me it’s Facebook.  I do have an account, but I don’t go on there much.

Twitter.  This is one platform that I’ve been spending a bit more time on.  One thing I’ll do is tweet my own blog posts.  I also take a little bit of time here and there to check what’s new.  Beyond that, I have gotten in the habit of checking Twitter periodically when I have downtime or transition time.  For example, if I’m standing in line somewhere, I’ll check Twitter.   It’s like drinking from a fire hose, there is so much information being tweeted all the time.  I’m bound to find something that will allow me to learn something new, or at least be entertained!

LinkedIn.  With LinkedIn, I check in periodically.  I have found it to be a good source of information on different career paths people can take, and what types of backgrounds are valued by different companies.  The same type of job might attract a different candidate depending on the company.  LinkedIn is a good place to learn this, aside from the obvious purpose of connecting with others professionally.  I don’t spend too much time here beyond checking in, but could probably make much better use of it.

I know there are plenty of other ways to spend time online.  One that has gotten a ton of people hooked is Pinterest.  I haven’t spent much time there (again, only so much time), but do have an account.

Beyond these platforms, I know that a lot of people simply spend time surfing the web looking for interesting articles or following the news.  It would be fascinating to see exactly how much time some folks spent doing this each day, on average.  One has a feeling that there are a lot of people simply addicted to being online.

My Questions for You

How do you spend your time when online?

Which platform is:

  • The one where you spend the most time
  • The one you truly feel you get the most out of

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Money Beagle October 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

I do most of my news reading online as well, checking in with our two local papers as well as a national outlet and a sports specific site to round things out.

I also spend a lot of time reading blogs and other items through RSS feeds, using ‘The Old Reader’ since Google got rid of their reader earlier this year.

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TTMK October 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

Sounds very similar to me – I’ve got the local angle and a sports-specific site in the mix. Of course, other blogs too though I use Feedly.

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Michael October 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

I spend an awful lot of time reading and writing — with the death of Google Reader, Feedly has become my new best friend. 😉

I have a fairly large (and relevant) LinkedIn network but still can’t really figure out what to use it for, so it just sits there mostly ignored. I check Facebook reasonably frequently, and I follow a lot of news sources on Twitter to keep up with the latest.

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TTMK October 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

I recently (few months ago) started using Feedly and like it as well. Probably could have mentioned it in the post, as it relates to other PF blogs.

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thepotatohead October 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I read alot of blogs, and of course use facebook. I actually spend time on random forums for hobbies and interests that I like alot, often just lurking as I don’t post much. I also spend way too much time on Ebay and craigslist looking for auctions on items I want for cheap.

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krantcents October 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

As I get older (66 y.o.), I try to balance my time online with the things that are important to me. Personal connections face to face is more precious to me. It is a difficult jugling act!

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Simon @ Modest Money November 20, 2013 at 3:37 am

Facebook! Now thats one of my current huge time blackholes. I have deactivated the account a couple of times now but I keep coming back (not particularly proud of that.) Increasingly, am trying to shift my focus to things that add value to my life on the internet…taking a couple of courses, networking more strategically etc.
I also do read and comment on a whole lot of blogs….twas awesome stumbling on TTMK 🙂

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TTMK November 21, 2013 at 10:24 am

Well, glad you came here 🙂 Facebook is one that I just try to spend little time on….only so much time right?

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Carlos March 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

You got to push it-this esatiensl info that is!

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