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    Posted: Oct 26 2013 at 3:59pm

Is the internet ruining your LIFE? Study finds surfing reduces sleep, stops us seeing friends and drops our work output by 25%

  • For each hour spent online we spend 16 fewer minutes working
  • Browsing sites including Facebook means we sleep less each night
  • Hour of online activity makes us lose quarter of an hour in the real world
  • Since 2006 we now spend 18 fewer days socialising with friends

PUBLISHED: 07:13 EST, 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 08:11 EST, 22 October 2013


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This chart shows how much time internet users lose carrying out different offline activities in favour of spending time online

This chart shows how much time internet users lose carrying out different offline activities in favour of spending time online

Sites including Facebook and Twitter are a procrastinator's dream, but new research has revealed the true extent of how these sites directly affect our lives.

Research conducted by the Technology Policy Institute in Washington has found that every hour spent online equates to, on average, 16 fewer minutes working.

The sites also affect our sleep - we lose seven minutes sleeping for each hour online; spend 17 minutes less outside in the real world and miss out on a staggering 18 days seeing friends.

For his paper, What we are not doing when we're online, economist and researcher from the institute, Scott Wallsten studied eight years of government data about Americans online from 2003 to 2011.

The act of replacing real-world time with online time is referred to by Wallsten as 'crowding out.'

Each minute of time spent online, according to Wallsten, directly correlates with 0.27 fewer minutes working, which over an hour equates to 16.2 minutes.

Over the course of a day, this adds up to 388.8 minutes, or around six and a half hours, which over a year means employers lose around 8 days a month.

Wallsten said: 'This research is a small step forward in understanding the economic effects of the Internet.

 

'The data clearly show that time spent and the share of the population engaged in online leisure is
increasing.

'The analyses suggest that new online activities come at least partly at the expense of
less time doing other activities.'

Over the course of five years, from 2006 to 2011, the amount of time people spend socialising with friends has dropped.

Over the course of five years, from 2006 to 2011, the amount of time people spend socialising with friends has dropped. For every minute people spend online, research claims they lose 0.05 minutes socialising, which works out at around 18 days each year



People watch 0.28 fewer minutes watching television, to each minute of online activity. This is 16.8 minutes an hour, or almost 7 hours a day, on average.

Surfers spend 0.12 fewer minutes sleeping and 0.05 fewer minutes socialising with friends. Over the course of a year, this means we lose 18 days seeing loved ones.

The trend also has an adverse affect on the eduction of young people, in particular, according to Wallsten's research.

The younger an internet user, the more time they spend online compared to studying and 'education-related tasks'.

People aged between 15 and 19 crowd out almost 0.3 minutes worth of studying in place of going online and using social networks. This is almost seven hours a day, on average.

Wallsten concluded that the loss of real-world time could have an affect on the economy but further research needs to be done into how damaging this could be.

According to research from Washingtons Technology Policy Institute, browsing social networks including Facebook and Twitter is now the most common activity online, as 22.5 per cent.

According to research from Washington's Technology Policy Institute, browsing social networks including Facebook and Twitter is now the most common activity online, at 22.5 per cent. Online games are second. Videos and movies make up just 4.4 per cent



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote niecy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 26 2013 at 4:05pm
Well, I will admit there have been times where I didn't get enough sleep because I was up half the night distracted by something on the internet.
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I do a lot of research, but nerds been researching with books losing sleep as I have done before many times. So I will say this though, you have entered our nerdy world, not embrace.
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This sh*t is TRUE.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (4) Thanks(4)   Quote FarraFace Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 26 2013 at 6:27pm
Yes.

I feel so trapped.

I run & run & run
....

But I'm still here.

There's just no way out. 



WHYWON'TITLETMEOUT?!
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Yes it is. I made my son get off the computer one night. This nigguh started crying.LOL  He just skypes all night.
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I agree.  Log off.
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My name is Chantal34. And I am addicted to the Internet. 
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Joe, please read this thread. Thanks.
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I actually have to use the internet for work, so it increases my work output.

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