We label someone a “couch potato” if they spend too much time sitting on the couch watching TV. The boob tube consumes about half of America’s leisure time or nearly three hours per day.
But the amount of time people spend online and using computers is also increasing. Children spend an average of 89 minutes each day using a computer "for entertainment purposes," up from 62 minutes in 2004. Eighty percent of U.S. adults spend an average of 13 hours per week online, while 1 in 7 are online more for than 24 hours per week.
Marriam-Webster defines “mouse potato” as “a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer.” Although there is some debate about the future of the computer mouse — given the rise of non-mouse devices such as smartphones and tablets — “mouse potato” is a fitting term to describe our digital sloth selves.
So here are the Top 10 signs that you may be a mouse potato:
- Your Facebook friends know more than your immediate family about what’s going on in your life.
- You wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and stop to check your email on the way back to bed.
- You harvest acres of virtual crops but must visit the grocery store to buy vegetables.
- You text/email/tweet someone sitting in the same room.
- You judge your self-worth by the number of Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, and Twitter followers you have.
- The last woman you hooked up with was a FLV.
- You won’t even consider going on vacation to a place without Internet access.
- Your spouse/parents have to text you to come to dinner.
- You search Google to find your car keys.
- You checked your Facebook status while reading this article.
Some of these are original, some I’ve heard before. So do you show other signs of being a mouse potato? Please comment below.
Article published on June 22, 2010
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