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Poll: What do you use the Internet for mostly?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What do you use the Internet for mostly?".

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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
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All of the above? Oct 9, 2008

There really should be an "all of the above" option.
I mean, clearly, I use the internet to market my services (plus I have other business matters online), and to communicate with clients (e-mail/chat), and as a research tool (term search on proz is one of my best resources!), to communicate with colleagues through professional lists and groups on yahoo and google groups, etc, and, I also have a blog (http://tonytraductor.livejournal.com).
Additionally, I use the internet to communicate with family, to read news from around the world, to keep current on events and technology, and, sometimes, in the rare moment that I have spare time and don't leave the office, I use the internet for entertainment, viewing videos, seeking out music, etc.

How did we ever live without this thing we call "internet"?
Honestly...


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Claire Cox
United Kingdom
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My thoughts entirely Oct 9, 2008

Anthony Baldwin wrote:

There really should be an "all of the above" option.
I mean, clearly, I use the internet to market my services (plus I have other business matters online), and to communicate with clients (e-mail/chat), and as a research tool (term search on proz is one of my best resources!), to communicate with colleagues through professional lists and groups on yahoo and google groups, etc, and, I also have a blog (http://tonytraductor.livejournal.com).
Additionally, I use the internet to communicate with family, to read news from around the world, to keep current on events and technology, and, sometimes, in the rare moment that I have spare time and don't leave the office, I use the internet for entertainment, viewing videos, seeking out music, etc.

How did we ever live without this thing we call "internet"?
Honestly...


How could you possibly decide?!


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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Mostly work Oct 9, 2008

I mostly use the Internet for work and sending emails.

It's also useful for finding TV series and documentaries in the original version, which for me is literally the only chance I have most days to hear English spoken, but I won't go into too much detail about my love for emule

The truth is by the end of the day my eyes are so tired from looking at the screen that I'd rather find something else to do, so I can't be bothered to use it for chatting, surfing, etc.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Everything Oct 9, 2008

At the moment, I don't have a TV, so I use the internet for everything: work, e-mails, research, surfing, news, TV (Hulu.com), watching movies, shopping, listening to radio and music, chatting, Skype and Call2 phoning, etc., etc...I could go on and on.

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Cecilia Falk  Identity Verified
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English to Swedish
Research/work and e-mail equally Oct 9, 2008

Can't help but wonder how on earth I managed to work as a translator back in 1988 without Internet!
Cecilia


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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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All of the above Oct 9, 2008

Cecilia Falk wrote:

Can't help but wonder how on earth I managed to work as a translator back in 1988 without Internet!
Cecilia


So very true!!!

I'm sure younger translators take the Internet for granted and can´t actually imagine working without it


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Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Could we live without it now?? Oct 9, 2008

Cecilia Falk wrote:

Can't help but wonder how on earth I managed to work as a translator back in 1988 without Internet!
Cecilia


I can't even remember how I managed LIFE without it, let alone work! (I was 16 when I surfed the net for the first time, so I did know life without it. I've never known work without it, though!)


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Laurence Forain  Identity Verified
France
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English to French
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All of the above too Oct 9, 2008

Am I an Internet-addict

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Reed James
Chile
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Spanish to English
Careful with E-mule Oct 9, 2008

John Cutler wrote:

I mostly use the Internet for work and sending emails.

It's also useful for finding TV series and documentaries in the original version, which for me is literally the only chance I have most days to hear English spoken, but I won't go into too much detail about my love for emule

The truth is by the end of the day my eyes are so tired from looking at the screen that I'd rather find something else to do, so I can't be bothered to use it for chatting, surfing, etc.



There is some pretty malicious software out there on E-mule that can mess up your computer. What looks like "getting something for nothing" may turn out to be a rude awakening.


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Elin Davies  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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All of the above as well Oct 9, 2008

If I was honest I probably use it more for browsing than anything, but I'd have to make some big changes to how I work and live if I didn't have e-mail, skype and internet termbases. As it is, I can spend months at a time living wherever I choose, then visit various family members for a few weeks, then go home to sort out the garden and still manage to keep myself employed and busy with clients using the same phone number and email address to contact me in Barmouth and Buenos Aires. West Wales is very nice, but I need a change every so often, and this way I get to take an extended holiday and not worry about losing clients whilst working on my language skills and knowledge at the same time...

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S_Angel  Identity Verified
Italy
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As for me... Oct 9, 2008

... mostly forums, then blogging and e-mails.

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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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All of the above Oct 9, 2008

For work, the Internet is a research tool, and one which I don't think I could live without! I also use it for emails of course, marketing myself, business networking, online banking, etc...

In my free time, I use the Internet for shopping (this is a dangerously expensive hobby!), networking and watching videos/TV programmes. I also read the newspaper online rather than buying a paper copy.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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English
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When did you last go to a bookshop, travel agent, bank, ...? Oct 9, 2008

I order all books, holidays, presents etc over the internet and I don't actually have a bank to visit except online. I've happily been able to cut out estate agents too, having today received an offer on my house advertised on the web. I suppose I should worry about shopkeepers etc losing their jobs, but we all have to change with the times. My daughter saw the opportunities it provided and gave up her job to open an internet-only gift store that's going very well.

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xxxUSER0059  Identity Verified
Finland
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English to Finnish
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Illogical question Oct 9, 2008

For me, emailing, browsing and blogging is work. Before I gave up on chatting, that was work as well.

These polls are fun, but if the questions were thought through, they might also be useful.


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