The internet has become quite a large part of my life. Not only is it a great way to promote my blog posts and interact with other parents and brands, it is also a quick and easy way to share where I am and what I'm up to with family and friends - whether they want to know or not! I've found myself enjoying a shopping spree from the comfort of my bed on wet and windy days and hunting for work while curled up on my sofa watching a movie with the kids. It saves calls, texts and emails and journeys out in the cold.
It has fast become habit to turn off my alarm in the morning and check out what's going on in the world online rather than by reading a newspaper. It's just so convenient.
It would appear I'm not alone. A survey by Ladbrokes Bingo based on online habits of both men and women within the UK showed:
85% use the internet to catch up on the news
73% use some form of social media
47% browse the internet on a device while watching TV
Has the world gone crazy or are there real benefits to having the latest technology and using the internet in our every day lives?
I'm guilty of using my iPhone in the bath to battle others at Scramble (and losing miserably), creating Pinterest boards packed with delicious meals and fun crafts and checking out some seriously cringe-worthy videos on You Tube for a giggle. It keeps me busy when no one else is around and its a great way to procrastinate when the housework needs doing. I never really switch off!
For those with hectic lives the internet is ideal for staying connected and it's not surprising that Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social media platforms, with Instagram not far behind. We all love taking photos of our food, right?
The internet is often cheaper when it comes to sorting your weekly or Christmas shopping with plenty of discount codes and deals to be found and when you have the homework to help with the internet is a sea of knowledge.
It also has its downfalls. The Mr will moan at me that my mobile is attached to my hand 24/7 (oops) and I imagine for some it has caused serious issues within relationships - 38% admit to viewing adult content online, 53% of those that admitted to stalking people have watched the actions of exes and 3% have had career issues due to social media.... think Christmas party photos, uh oh!
I really feel as though the internet has had a huge impact on my life and although it's something I use every day I do try very hard to limit the children's use. I still want them to play outside rather than on Minion Rush and I want them to write and post letters to pen-pals rather than type emails - There is a lot of learning that needs to be done away from a laptop.
How has the internet effected your life?