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My Top 5 Things to Do Online

The internet is a pretty big deal in our house – it gets used A LOT, which is no mean feat considering we get less than 6Mbps speeds out here in the countryside. All of the members of our household have internet-enabled devices and we all use them for different things, but I thought I’d let you in on what I spend my time on the internet doing, when I’ve got some spare time:

Netflix

Netflix is watched almost constantly in our house by one person or another, and I do love being able to binge-watch a few episodes of something when I get the time. In the last few months, I’ve watched Jane the Virgin, Gossip Girl, the new Star Trek and a few other things too. I love the fact that you can just pick it up where you left off and watch whenever you want, rather than needing to be sat down at a particular time.

YouTube

I’m subscribed to a fair few YouTube channels and I tend to watch them in bulk when I get time, rather than watching every new video as it’s uploaded. I also love watching lectures and educational talks on YouTube as I’m MUCH better at absorbing information when I listen or watch than I am when I read.

Bitcoin Dice Betting

This one isn’t for everyone, but I do like to have a bit of a flutter every now and again. I always set myself a strict limit of how much I have to gamble with and never go over it. I’ve had a couple of decent wins in the past but the key is to never gamble more than you feel you’re prepared to lose – and just be pleasantly surprised if you do win!

Social Media

Social media is probably what MOST people spend the most time doing online, and I’m no exception, other than one small change I made recently – instead of having notifications on from Facebook, I’ve turned them all off. This means that I only check when I have the time to, rather than feeling compelled to pick my phone up and look at Facebook every time my phone lights up.

Research

Husband and I are both research addicts – nothing in this house gets bought or done without both of us turning to the internet for reviews and advice, and I feel it’s the best way to do things. Information is power, and all that, and I’d much rather spend time researching something than make a purchase or decision that we regret because we didn’t look into it first.

What do you spend your time doing on the internet?

Could We Live Without the Internet? #BroadbandandMe

I’m going to answer the above question here and now:

NO. I could not live without the internet!

I mean, obviously, my heart wouldn’t stop and I’d carry on breathing, but my life would be next to impossible without the internet. I work online through my blog and other remote writing jobs that I do. I do all of my banking online. I pay bills online. I shop online. I even pay for Sausage’s school meals online! We’ve had patchy connections a couple of times since living out in the countryside and it always makes life so much more difficult.

Aside from all of the practical stuff we do online, most of our entertainment revolves around having an internet connection, too; the girls use their tablets online, we watch Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, we use it for catch-up TV and online gaming. We would be SO BORED without an internet connection! I also spend a lot of time researching recipes on the internet, now that we eat a ketogenic diet – our meals would be incredibly limited if I wasn’t able to use the internet for inspiration and recipes.

TalkTalk Business have asked me to talk about #BroadbandandMe, which is why I’m sharing all of this with you. Husband and I have toyed with the idea of getting a business line for our broadband on many an occasion because we both work from home and it would mean that repairs would be guaranteed to be dealt with in a much shorter time frame if anything ever went wrong with our connection. There has been a couple of occasions where I’ve needed to email a client and let them know that I may not meet a deadline because of patchy internet and it never gives a very professional impression to people I rely on for work.

When you’re a freelancer, there’s always the worry that someone else is going to come along with a smaller fee or a shorter turnaround period and steal work away from you, so having a reliable internet connection is imperative in that situation. Being freelance can feel a bit scary and irregular at times, so knowing you have a good internet connection backing you up goes a long way to making you feel a little bit more secure in your job.

What does your family use the internet for? Is it something you think you could live without? Have you ever done one of those crazy internet detoxes where you ban all internet devices for a period of time? Do leave me a comment below and let me know how you and your family feel about all of this! Thanks for reading.