8 Smarter Ways to Spend Your Time Online
Ways to Spend Your Time Online
These days we’re spending more and more time online and with digital media. Thanks to increased internet access and mobile devices penetration, billions of people now use the internet.
According to Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends Report, the average adult spends 5.9hrs a day with digital media, up from 3hrs a day in 2009. This includes time spent with or on smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, connected devices including over-the-top (OTT) streaming devices and game consoles, etc.
By 2019 population estimates, the US has a population of 329, 093, 110 m out of which 292, 892, 862 are internet users. This means US adults spend over 1.7 billion hours a day on the internet!
At a Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, this will amount to $12.5 billion lost per day. Indeed our internet addiction is costly. This is why tech giants like Apple and Google are reportedly taking steps to help reduce our tech addiction in line with the digital well being initiative.
As users, we must take steps ourselves to help convert time we spend online into more useful and beneficial activities. Whereas many spend much of their time engaging in activities like pornography, gambling, unethical hacking, cyber attacks, advance fee fraud, love scams, and so on, we can put ours to even better uses.
Did you know for instance, that if you invest as little as 40 minutes a day online learning how to code, you could become a computer programmer in under ten (10) weeks?
8 Other Cool Ways to Make Our Internet Time Count More
Some say your net worth is directly related to your network. Meaning, the kind of people you hang around with, on or offline will determine how you end up, including how much you end up with.
This means if you invest time with mentally rich people you’d also become mentally rich or smart, if you implement all you see or hear them do.
Since success or failure can rub off, we should wisely choose who we allow into our own social circles, even on social media, because that is where the bulk of internet time is spent.
Search engines have greatly simplified subject matter research. With Google you can literally search for anything. For instance, reports say 5.6 billion Google searches are performed per day.
These searches are performed by persons seeking answers or more information about any subject under the sun. Smart internet users can invest their time in this area.
Most of your favorite books, movies or songs are likely available online. You can invest your time reading them up, watching them or studying their lyrics. You can even use the internet to further research your school homeworks and assignments.
- Learn a Skill
Speaking about school, school has now gone online or digital. With Open Courseware gaining momentum, it may only be a matter of time before online overtakes offline.
MIT Open Course Ware (OCW), Alison, Lynda, Coursera, Tutera, Udemy, etc, these are examples of places where you can even get a degree studying online. Some are free, some charge a fee.
Google’s Digital Marketing certication course for instance, is just 40 hours long. Studying at your pace, if you invest 2.5hrs a day it will only take 16 days and you’re a Google certified digital marketer.
- Teach a Course
Just as you’re seeking knowledge, others are seeking same, and it will surprise you the kinds of knowledge people are willing to pay for. It could be one you possess but haven’t thought of commercializing.
Online tutorial platforms like Udemy and Tutera apart from being a platform for learners, also allows users create, upload and sell their own personal courses on any subject matter.
So, while you’re learning new things, skills or trade, you can also share what you know and earn income from the knowledge sharing economy. Depending on how popular your course may be, you could be making a lot of residual and recurrent income.
- Share Information
With over 2 billion monthly active users for instance, Facebook is like the largest bulletin board for passing across any kind of information.
Sadly, fake news, rumor and propaganda also find their way to us through social media. Social networks are doing their bit to curtail this, and so are individuals committed to truth, fairness and accuracy.
Rather than spending your online time peddling rumors and unfounded allegations, you could invest it in spreading truth, love and kindness.
With over 4.38 billion netizens the internet is a thriving ground for finding any kind of work. Reports say there are currently over 62.2 million freelancers in the US alone.
These can work remotely from any part of the world. As companies increasingly outsource parts of their business processes and more and more people embrace freelancing, the online gig economy keeps growing.
If you have in-demand skills like writing and coding, you can find occasional or even full time retainership work online. So keep digging.
- Do Business
Another important thing you can do with your online time is to learn or start a business. There are tons of online businesses you can learn or run from the comfort of your couch.
Forex trading, options trading, ecommerce, SEO, digital marketing, virtual assistance, knowledge sharing, etc, are all business areas anyone can explore and master.
Businesses like dropshipping are popular online and you can learn how to start and run a dropshipping business in under three weeks.
All work and no play they say, makes Jack a dull boy. Perhaps socializing is one of the most popular online activity. That’s where most netizens spend much of their (online) time.
Social networks like Facebook and Instagram are so popular, billions use them daily to chat, connect, network, etc. Businesses too are not left out.
Anyone can socialize but not all do so smartly. You can become the smart social by being selective of who and what you interact with online in social networks. Choose to socialize or interact henceforth with only things and people that add value to your life.
We can either spend, invest or waste our time online. At the end of the day that’s a lot of time put together. These are eight ideas on how to use our online time wisely, because time once lost can never be recovered.
Amos Onwukwe is an AWAI trained Business and Ecommerce Copywriter who has been featured in Huffington Post, Dumb Little Man. Self Growth, Ecommerce Nation, eCommerce Insights, Understanding Ecommerce, Small Biz Club, Small Business Bonfire, Successful Startup 101 (now WeCan), among others.