Just when you thought I was done talking about how the internet really does touch everything, Lichen posts some details from the most recent University of New Hampshire Res Life student survey and it gets me going again. In order, the top three activities are:
- socializing (15.8 hours/week)
- studying, excluding in-class time (12.5 hours/week)
- instant messaging, (9.3 hours/week)
Lichen also points out that IM activity was reported separately from “personal internet use,” which got an additional 8.4 hours/week.
The survey doesn’t appear to be online, so I can’t tell how many other computer-related activities are reported or how activities like “studying” may (or may not) also include computer use.