Sunday, July 5, 2009

A whole Lot of Wasted Time

I've been doing a little research concerning time spent on the computer. My findings are not good. Here is what I've discovered:

  • We actually spent less of our time during the dial-up days waiting on our computers to perform functions for us. This is because most of us forewent logging on due to the known delays. A snapshot of that time period reveals the fact that the average computer owner would spend 11 years of his life watching the hour glass; so to speak.

  • Although we were able to accomplish much more on our computers in a given amount of time, as technology advanced and wait times decreased we were much more inclined to log on. This had the net effect of actually increasing the amount of time we spent watching the hour glass. This net increase added 9 years to the 11 leaving us a total of 20 years of wasted time.

  • With the advent of widely available high-speed Internet we logged on even more while at the same time began to branch out in our computer demands. With this came security concerns which had us still waiting on our computers but also had our computers waiting on us as we ran trial and error attempts and turned our offices up side down looking for user names and passwords and the like. This added another 9 years of wasted time revolving around computer usage bringing the total to 29 years.

  • With the increase of "Wi-Fi" we began to log on more often in more places. Unfortunately along with the increased availability came increase interruptions, sometimes causing us to lose hours of work. This added another 8 years of wasted time bringing the grand total to 37 years.

  • Along with the Wi-Fi and the wireless Internet came also the wireless connections for assorted components, another 8 years was added in time spent trying to figure out everything from why our components are not "connecting" to searching for even more user names, passwords, and now batteries. This brings the total to 45 years.

  • In the last few years many people have begun to increase their social life thorough so-called on-line social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook. This resulted in even more time yet on the computer and so consequently increased the amount of time wasted. These sites being notoriously slow caused those who use them to add another 6 years of wasted time for a total of 51 years.

  • Last but not least, for those who have made entry into the blogging world and are using "blogger", the amount of wasted time spent on the computer has increased dramatically. When the time it takes doing battle with blogger in the attempts at removing stuff that shouldn't be there, and putting in stuff you want there-simple stuff like correctly justified block quotes, spaces where they're suppose to be and no spaces where there not suppose to be-the time spent wasted on the computer is increased by another 27 years.

So we can conclude that the average blogger using "blogger" who also uses his computer for a significant amount of other tasks will, at the end of his life, have spent 79 years waiting on his computer or performing tasks that are, at best, ancillary to the particular goal at hand, or at worse, totally unrelated but still necessary.


Robert J. Moeller said...

Hey man, I randomly found your blog and I enjoyed checking it out. I'm a seminary student/conservative blogger ( in Chicago. Keep up the good work.

Susan said...

Now you've convicted me about all the time I've wasted.....and yet, I think of the many friends I've made and the vast amount of knowledge at my fingertips, some of which I hopefully have gained, I have to say I don't repent. At least I'm watching the blob-tube less!!!!

Kathy said...

Ah, need to start going to bed a little earlier??? The fumes from the computer screen must be gettin' to ya! : ) I'm sticking with Susan though. The friends, the knowledge. Getting to read tongue in cheek posts such as yours! (Plus I get to practice my editing skills and correct all of your spelling errors!).

Kristi said...

79 years aint so bad... ;)

Nancy said...

Whew...only a few more years and I will be done with waiting...Then instant virtuality can kick in!

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

Great. Thanks a lot, Dan, for quantifying the whole business. I knew this machine was a time-waster, but I had no idea it was as bad as you describe.

Funny thing about blogging - when I'm blogging a lot, enjoying the banter, comments and discussions, everything else gets neglected. When I neglect the blog, as I've done more or less for the past couple of months, I miss it. But I've got to find a way to get some of those 79 years back.

Dan said...

I'm with you on that ECI. Its good to hear I'm not alone on neglecting other things. It takes a lot of discipline to pull myself away. Something I've purposed to do lately.

Stan said...

Umm, Danny, you know I love you, man, but ... that makes no sense. Who has the capacity to waste 79 years of their life? The overall life expectancy in the US is currently ... 78 years. If the average computer user wastes 79 of those years, he (or she) did ... nothing. Ah, but it's fun to play with numbers, isn't it? :)