January 15, 2008

"Having trouble finding purpose in your daily internet usage?"

According to Internet World Stats, 70% of everyone in North America accesses the internet.* That means that you are one out of roughly 334,659,631 people who are accessing the internet on a regular basis. And the amount of people getting online is growing by over 100% every day in North America alone.

With so many people online every single day, I can't help but wonder what you are all doing.

It's easy to get online and waste your time watching videos, reading news and articles, or playing games. But are you really doing anything productive with your time online? Or are you having trouble finding purpose in your daily internet usage?

While you may not be suffering from Internet addiction, you may be... are you ready for this? ...wasting your time.

Sure, it doesn't sound like a major problem now, but when you could be ending world hunger, making easy money, starting your own business, publishing a book, buying movie tickets, learning about sleepdisorders, paying your bills, or even winning a free cake, you will start to realize the many different way that your time online could be spent on more productive things.

The problem, as I see it, is that you don't have goals. You wake up in the morning, you log onto your favorite websites and let the ball roll. And, while there may be some purpose and goals made through-out the day, you are missing out on some great opportunities.

I'll give you a challenge: make a quick write-up of things you NEED to do online, and things you WANT to do online, over the next couple of days. And do them. If everything on your list gets crossed out for that day, get off the internet. Go for a walk, go socialize with people face-to-face, go do something that doesn't require YOU to be a robot.

End rant.

*Source: http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm