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When you have time off, do you still spend it on(line)?


How do you spend time off?On the heels of Labor Day, a federal holiday in the United States, comes news of a study that was conducted in China about how children spend their vacation time. Certainly kids between the ages of 4 and 14 would be involved in outdoor activities and/or summer camps, right? According to the 103 kids who took the poll, the majority of their time was spent online. See the Reuters news story: "Most Chinese children spent vacation online - poll."

Here's a snippet from the story:

The poll of 103 children aged 4 to 14 found that just 4 percent chose to do outdoor activities during the holidays and only 9 percent took part in summer educational camps.

For the TechRepublic members who live in the United States, I'm curious to know how many of you spent your time online.

If you selected "Other," please chime in the discussion thread and let us know how you spent your long Labor Day weekend.

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

20 comments
Dennis.Keeling
Dennis.Keeling

The last thing I want to do with my free time is to use the internet. Infact I do not have a connection at home (only work).

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

I think that BitTorrent was to be used by all broadcast.It was also the height of interactive.Any file could be accessed instantly by anybody,even in live broadcast.The TV network would upload all clips to BitTorrent and assemble their entire day of broadcast.It was a Torrent of bits that just worked.It's the network used for satellite.DJ's loved it!

Tig2
Tig2

But WTF are you going on about? Are we mixing our replys again? The killer is that you are probably a great person in person. I am just baffled trying to understand you online. Can we set a goal here? Can we just decide to try to keep the logic train on the original tracks and NOT derail it? I'm certain that your answer belongs somewhere. Just help us understand where.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

BALTHOR has copied this same text into the last few (that I have seen) posts. Almost like he is running a script to post things, and it got stuck on this one. Dont waste your time with it

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Look at this guy's record. He's the one who insisted the change to U.S. Daylight Saving Time was a hoax. Since then his pattern is always a single off-topic post, never to return to the topic. It's like talking to a wall. A classic seagull if ever there was one.

meryllogue
meryllogue

Throw them on the grill! What a concept!!! :-)

glgruver
glgruver

Saturday, started doing laundry, was interrupted by my son needing some brake work done on his car, which in turn was interrupted by a couple of football games on TV. Finished with the car and was too tired to do anything else. Sunday, came home from Church and laid on the bed "for a moment"..woke up several hours later. Threw some brats on the grill for supper and chilled for the rest of the day. Monday, did some yard work and finished doing the laundry. I went online briefly to check my email, but I was not on there more than 10 to 15 minutes.

Tig2
Tig2

We had to pack up all the pink, do the laundry (mostly sweaty walk clothes and socks), NOT TRAIN(!), and catch up on everything that gets ignored during walk season. I think I was busier than during walk season, I just tried to not walk around too much. Oh- and worked on the scrapbook for this year. I'll get that posted soon...

jdclyde
jdclyde

My uncle was in town, so we got out for a few rounds of golf. Anyone else ever tried the "natural golf swing"? At night, checked emails, played D2, and watched "Dirty Jobs".

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

How did you spend Labor Day weekend?

AV .
AV .

I did nothing for work and everything for my life, including catching up online with non-work related things. I can't even look at TR during the day. I weeded the garden, slept and cleaned closets. Threw out lots of crap. Posted a couple of things on TR and thats about it. Enjoyed the weather immensely. Its a long winter. AV

paulmah
paulmah

There I was wondering what happened to all the news - until I remembered that its Labor Day! ... :)

Larry the Security Guy
Larry the Security Guy

I did not do anything for my company. We have an on-call staff for those things, and I don't schedule work for holiday weekends. I'm a youth group advisor, so I spent some time administering them. I'm also a fraternity member and continued planning for my term as presiding officer. I got back together with two groups of friends after a summer hiatus. I did a little work in the garage, clearing out the things we no longer need. I took in a couple movies and a few episodes of Law & Order SVU and How It's Made. Caught up on Usenet and assorted blogs. And generally lazed about.

meryllogue
meryllogue

Sat Day: Slept late (8 a.m.) Played LOTRO. Sun Day: Slept late (8 a.m.) Prepped for evening job, worked 4-10. Mon Day: Slept late (9 a.m.) Played Lotro. So... online yes, work yes, but nothing related to my "day job."

BOUND4DOOM
BOUND4DOOM

I Slept in, grilled out, caught up on Tivo, worked a little bit played some games, wrote some code for fun and not work. So I had 3 days off I spend around 1 online, 1 traveling, and 1 for other

DadsPad
DadsPad

(my mother-in-law) sat - memorial, both a very sad, emotional day with way too much food. Sun - still had out of town guests Mon - took guests to airport, tried to re-organize house (still on going)and still eating leftovers. Hope to be more normal by this next weekend.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Sat -- day -- looking for an apartment Sat night -- online mostly Sun day -- cleaned up, packed more stuff that I wouldnt use for a while. Sun eve -- online and watched "Dirty Jobs". I just discovered the show when I turned on the TV for the first time in several months. Interesting... Mon day -- went to the store, bought crap for BBQ steak. Went home, made breakfast. made cookies (no idea why). prepped BBQ items. called people and went online for most of the day, started cooking BBQ items, fired up grill (mesquite not charcoal...MMMM) BBQ'd steak, steamed veggies, made garlic bread, etc.. Ate well, very well. Cleaned mess made went online and prepared my brain for the messed up Tuesday that I knew I would have (based on Friday).

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I did some household chores Saturday, a lot of yard work Sunday, and worked on Labor Day itself. Since nobody else was in the facility, I could patch servers and reboot them at will. I'm taking Friday off as comp time. EDIT - I also spent a couple of hours Sat and Sun on line, working on my fantasy racing team.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I decided to tackle all of the boxes of miscellaneous stuff in my basement, which took three days to completely unpack, sift through, and reorganize. I ended up with about eight boxes of stuff I no longer need, so this weekend I'm determined to have a yard sale and get rid of it once and for all! What doesn't sell is going to Good Will. I'm really glad that the basement is cleaned out, but what a way to spend time off!

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