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Do you want to spend the rest of your life staring at a box?

Asked by windex (2932points) January 5th, 2010

I was thinking yesterday that I really don’t want to spend the rest of my life looking at a computer screen for 8+ hours at work and then again when I come home.
Does anyone else feel the same way?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Well I only spend about 3 hours starting at a computer screen at work so that’s good at least – other times I don’t feel it’s a waste of time most of the time. The key is to not think technology is the enemy and to not let it rule your life either.

gemiwing's avatar

Yes. I like all the information, books, music, videos and interaction that’s available to me.

My brain, it is a hungry thing.

sweetteaindahouse's avatar

Yes, a study showed that using the internet can help slow down dementia.

wonderingwhy's avatar

here’s the thing, if by staring at the box you’re improving your personal happiness, there’s nothing wrong with it. the fact that you asked the question says you’re probably out of balance at the moment though, so tomorrow when you get home from work, go out and do something, take a walk, go shopping, read a book, get together with some friends, cook a big meal, see a play, whatever, just don’t turn on the computer. Then keep it up until you’ve got that balance back!

tinyfaery's avatar

Okay by me.

njnyjobs's avatar

The computer is a tool I use at work. At home, the computer is a source of knowledge and entertainment for the whole family. And yes, I spend most part of the day at work on a PC and another 2–3 hours at home. Away from the PC, I have my BlackBerry to provide a mobile portal to the internet.

DeanV's avatar

If it’ll be like the last part of my life, I’m okay with it.

Fyrius's avatar

Summarising the astonishing spectrum of things you can do with a computer as “staring at a box” is comparable to summarising life as “inhaling and exhaling all the time”.

Bugabear's avatar

If I didnt stare at it for 8+ hours a day I wouldn’t have found out about this site.

Blondesjon's avatar

Depends on whose it is.

wundayatta's avatar

Yes, please. If you pay me. Oh, and let me go off my meds.

HGl3ee's avatar

Computer time at work is just that; work and just something to pay the bills and keep me fed.

But, computer time at home, which is usually well into the evening; it’s always filled with very stimulating and interesting topics, pictures, lessons and videos. Endlessly expanding my knowledge base.. Luckily, I have a great little 13” MBP that I can take anywhere and use everywhere ^.^ So, I am always changing my surrounding while I’m using the computer during my own personal time.

It never feels repetitive..

ETpro's avatar

Depends on whose box we are talking about. I have seen some that I could spend the rest of my life happily staring at. :-)

Bluefreedom's avatar

I’ve thought it over carefully and I’ve come to the conclusion that no, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life staring at a box. Instead, I’d like to spend just a few hours a day staring at a screen displaying images of what can be loosely translated as something called Fluther which just happens to be a venue where I have the fortuitous opportunity to impart vast amounts of my useless knowledge and trivia to a wonderful group of humans who are defined as “Jellies” or “Flutherites”. It doesn’t get any better than that.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@Fyrius, yeah, and who wants to do that for a lifetime… when they could be staring at a box at the same time?

I like to listen to my box, too.

borderline_blonde's avatar

I like my box :|

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dabbler's avatar

How about several boxes ?

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