How Do We Use the Internet?

How much Internet use is productive and how much is a waste of time?

I ran across some statistics today from Pew Internet & American Life Project, Pew Research Center, 2008. These made me think.

92% of Americans send or read email. When your grandma sends you email, you know everyone is doing it! Send her a response and soon she’ll be asking you about facebook. Email is a great way to stay in touch, but get off lists that you are interested in. It will save you time and in-box space.

89% use a search engine to find information. A great time saver! Find out just about anything in minutes. But watch out, time can fly by. Watch the clock.

83% look for info on a hobby or interest. Doing research is a great use of the Internet.

71% buy products. I am actually surprised that this percentage isn’t higher. There is no limit to available products and services on the Internet.

53% Bank online. Using the Internet to pay bills can save you a lot of time. As long as you stay on current with your bill paying, in my opinion, this is a good use of the Internet.

40% send instant messages. Texting has taken over as the instant response application. If you can’t get a hold of someone instantly doesn’t it drive you crazy!

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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