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Member Name: Superjim03
Date: 28/11/11, updated on 09/02/12 (45 review reads)
Advantages: So much information at your fingertips
Disadvantages: No reason to go out ever again!
I can't believe I have now been using 'the net' for over ten years. I first started using it to keep in touch with friends and family when I lived in Australia and New Zealand which was the late 1990s. I had a hotmail account but no home computer, but this wasn't a problem as Internet cafes were very popular back then. I would call in, fire off a couple of e-mails in half an hour and then be on my way again.
I gradually realised I could also use it to check up on sports results and news from home. From this I have developed quite the internet habit, I would say I now use the internet for one reason or another for about 2-3 hours a day on average. Although I do have days of not turning my laptop on at all I also have days when I might be on it for 5-6 hours. I've never really thought about my usage but here's the main things I use it for.
I very rarely go on Facebook and similar sites although my wife does use them to keep in touch with family and friends in New Zealand. I do use e-mail quite a bit though.
Mainly PC paid for games although I do use some free to play online games. I try not to use too much though as sites like Miniclip can really suck half a day up without too much effort.
Surveys and reviews
Mainly sites that I get paid for such as DooYoo, YouGov, Yoursayspays, swagbucks etc. Bit of extra spendies is always nice.
Mainly Amazon but also Play.com, bookshops and research into high street items I am considering buying. I also use Lovefilm quite a bit and like to check out reviews of things before I spend my hard earned pennies.
I'm afraid at the moment I also spend a bit of time trying to lose the winnings I made on the Rugby world cup. I put £25.00 into an online account just to make the tournament more interesting. I then won a bit and have been frittering the profits away on football matches. I won't be topping my account up if I lose it all though. It's too easy to spend gambling this way. Not recommended!
i have tried a few such as freecycle and swapshop although at the moment I only really use read it Swap it. (See my seperate review)
This sounds a bit boring but I can't think how else to describe general enquiries I google every day, things like how to fix the dodgy wiring in my house. What's wrong with my cat's watery eye? Sports results and fixtures, How many smarties would it take to fill the whole of Wembley and other vital things!
TV and Radio
I use BBC iPlayer more than watching BBC live, the things I want to watch always seem to be on at bad times for me (maybe I'm too old for CBeebies!). I also listen to the radio online, quite often when I am just doing other things online or round the house. I haven't owned an actual radio or VCR for about 7-8 years.
It's also worth noting that in the time I have been using the internet the amount of sites have been increasing hugely. I remember I had a Googlewhack (only one site found) about seven years ago with the search 'Ong's Hat'. The same search today has 258,000 hits. In 2008 google announced they had discovered over one trillion URL's. Which seems quite a few.
I imagine my kids will find it strange that there was ever a world without the Internet. Whilst I only really access it now from Work and Home from a laptop or PC a lot of people I know now use smartphones or tablets which I can only imagine will become more widespread. Apart from going to live on some remote Pacific island I can't see any way to avoid my kids spending probably half their lives looking at screens of some kind. Whilst I'm not against technology and I use it often enough myself this doesn't seem quite right.
Summary: Can't stop the future.