A couple of years ago, the Guardian revealed in an article what women get up to online. Apparently, we spend 47% of our free-time surfing the internet. Catching up with friends on Facebook or looking for advice on websites such as Mumsnet are just two of the the things we do when we are online. Social media sites like Twitter play a more and more important role in our online lives as an increasing number of women uses them to voice their opinion and campaign for causes they believe in.
I have always liked to spend time online and I guess, I am quite similar to the women mentioned in the article I referred to earlier on. The only difference is that I am a little more obsessive than your average internet user. You’ll see that when you check out the top 5 of my favourite online activities. I guess having a top 5 list says it all really. I mean who lists their favourite online activities in a top 5 ranking?
Anyway, we have now established that I spend a tiny little bit more than 47% of my time on the internet, so let’s now have a look at what I get up to. I promise, it’s not stalking One Direction of David Beckham (or is it?)
If you ask family and friends, I am always on Facebook and when I say always, I really mean always. If I am not logged in via my laptop, then I will be logged in via my mobile phone. I mainly use it to stay in touch with friends or exchange ideas and advice with fellow bloggers in one of the ten million blogging groups I am a member of. I also love playing Facebook games. So much so that one of them made it into this list.
2. Candy Crush Saga
Oh my God, I am so so addicted to this game. I have been playing it for ages now and have made it to level 135, where I’ve been stuck for what seems like an eternity. I know exactly what to do and how to create wrapped candies, but I focus so much on getting them in the position that I need them in that I end up messing it all up with one silly move. So annoying! It’s good to see though that I am not the only one wasting hour after hour playing this games as half my Facebook timeline consists of posts moaning about being stuck on Candy Crush. Talk of a social media phenomenon!
3. Online bingo
I know you’ll be shaking your head in despair, muttering that online bingo is something for old women who live with 20 cats, but believe me, it isn’t. I’ve been playing it on and off for a while now and www.goldenbingo.co.uk is one of the sites that I really rate. It’s got friendly chat rooms and although you won’t make a fortune playing (I’m not that much into gambling anyway), it’s a nice pass-time. Also, it reminds me of my French lessons. We always played bingo learning the French numbers and it to be honest, it didn’t feel like learning at all. We all enjoyed it and had fun and even the most demotivated students joined in and got all competitive.
Oh blogging, I love thee. I’ve been blogging on Mummy Alarm for a little over two years now and it’s the longest time I have ever stuck with a blog. I had various blahdeeblah blogs before Mummy Alarm and although I updated them regularly, I just didn’t build up a connection with them that was close as the one I have with this little blog. A lot of non-bloggers don’t understand, why we share our every day life on the internet, why we take photos of family days, meals we eat or craft activities, but there is a great community out there that makes blogging so much more than just “sharing”. The blogging community steps together when one of us needs help, a shoulder to cry on or just a hug. We support charities, raise the profile of local or global brands and most of all, we have become friends!
Twitter was my life line when I was breastfeeding Amy and constantly getting up with her in the middle of the night. Whenever I logged in, there was always a blogging friend online who was also feeding their baby, desperately trying to stay awake when all they wanted to do was sleep. Twitter is a great place to hang out and have a chat with like-minded people and I love being online when the X-Factor or the Olympic Games are on telly. It’s like sitting in a big room full of friends and gossiping about what’s going on. It’s so much fun.