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