Less after-dinner e-mailing (Day 194)…

When I cancelled my cable, I figured it would be a pretty green move in that I’d be using less energy to power my television every night. But as of late, rather than read a book or listen to music after dinner, I’ll check and recheck e-mail, browse iTunes, get my daily fixes of Perez, Cute Overload and Go Fug Yourself (not to mention all the green blogs, of course) and generally muck about on Facebook.

While e-mail is undeniably important for keeping in touch with friends and blogging allows me to interact with people from across the world, make invaluable connections and learn about everything from the green advantages of homemade funnels to solar cooking, there’s a lot of time I spend on the Internet doing absolutely nothing.

So as of today, I’m going to try to restrict my after-dinner time on the computer: I’ll allow myself a couple hours to update Green as a Thistle if I haven’t been able to do so during the day, as well as some time to check in on all the relevant blogs, ie. the ones that don’t revolve around celebrity gossip or puppies.

Exceptions will also be made if I’m expecting an important e-mail or working overtime — but for the most part, I’m going to try, try, TRY to cut back on the superfluous surfing. So if you see me updating my status on Facebook for the fifth time in two hours, call me on it.

6 Responses to Less after-dinner e-mailing (Day 194)…

  1. Rhett says:

    Wow. Now, file this under a change that would be completely impossible for me. Anyone interested in my computer use has to take into account that my REAL work day begins after dinner. During the day, I work my job and, if I’m lucky, I research material for Greentime. When I go home, I have dinner and relax for maybe an hour, and then I immediately fire up my computer to start working some more. Every night of the week, I have a different job– work on the research for my doctorate, edit the next episode of Greentime, catch up on research for Greentime I may have not been able to squeeze in at work, try to get the next website overhaul or video bumpers done, etc. My “real” workday starts after dinner and continues until I go to the gym at midnight, and it all requires my laptop, external hard drive, and broadband access.

  2. LG Adam says:

    Superfluous surfing is a big problem for me and I need to cut it down and use my time more wisely – have you had any success yet and if so, please share the secret!

  3. Alina says:

    Hehe… I need to do this one too. I am getting too addicted to the internet :s I spend way too much time “researching” than actually doing something productive. In fact I should add this to my environmentalist sins list.

  4. Theresa says:

    I am so guilty of this as well. We cancelled our satellite service (i.e., no TV service at all) but got high speed internet at the same time. So my net energy savings is probably zero at this point (although at least I’m not subject to all those hamburger, beer and car commercials!). I should really turn the dang thing off an hour earlier a night and do something healthier!

  5. Hellcat13 says:

    Sigh. I too have succumbed to the Facebook addiction – but in the form of the Scrabulous application! I stay logged in and check it periodically through the evening to see if any of my 7 games have had a word played. I too should limit myself to checking after work and then once before bed.

    PS – Go Fug Yourself is in no way, shape, or form superfluous. A daily dose of laughter is good for you, after all! I’m in a bit of withdrawl this New York Fashion Week.

  6. crstn85 says:

    I’ve been debating the consequences of reading your entire archives. I’m nearly done so I certainly won’t be quitting now, but my computer has been getting quite the workout this weekend. I did recently find an add-on for Firefox (I don’t know if it works with other web browsers): pageaddict.com It informs you how much time you have spent (wasted) on various websites since you opened the browser. I was actually shocked how little time it took to me to go through my daily ritual sites. But it does share that I’ve spent nearly 3 hours on your site at various intervals today. I think I’ve learned more than enough to account for the electricity use though, and I already made my own handkerchiefs out of an old t-shirt I was cutting up to add to my cloth wipes from Crunchy’s challenge.

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