Poll: On average, how many hours a day do you spend in front of your computer screen?
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Local time: 17:46
Dec 10, 2011

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "On average, how many hours a day do you spend in front of your computer screen?".

This poll was originally submitted by Lutz Molderings. View the poll results »


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:46
Spanish to English
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Probably about 5-8 Dec 10, 2011

Maybe it just seems like more sometimes. I've never actually measured it though.


Thayenga  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:46
Member (2009)
English to German
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It depends Dec 10, 2011

My time in front of the computer depends on various factors.

For one, the deadlines I have to meet. When they're approaching rapidly, then it could easily be 18 hours.

Then there's the writing business. If there is no or little translation work, then the hours spend in front of the screen ccould amount to 20 hours. However, when this happens, then the next day, maybe two days are usually followed by email checks only, so I can catch up with life.icon_biggrin.gif

The "normal" time spend at the computer is 5 - 7 hours. But... who measures time when the words flow easily?icon_wink.gif


Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:46
English to German
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Sometimes Dec 10, 2011

from dusk till dawn.


Patricia Charnet
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:46
English to French
5-8 Dec 10, 2011

sometimes more but I'm trying to ween myself off too much PC viewing as it's not good for your eyes, and going outside reminds you that there's a world out there too - so I'm trying to cut down a bit


Manuela Junghans  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:46
Member (2004)
English to German
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There´s an option missing Dec 10, 2011

namely, too many.

Over the past few months I´ve spent well over 8 hours a day in front of the computer translating. But that has to change very soon, because like Patricia said, there´s a world out there. And there are lots of much more pleasant things to do in life.

Have a good weekend everyone.


Leon Ivanihin  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:46
Member (2011)
English to Russian
Even more Dec 10, 2011

8 hours? Are you jocking?
More, much more totally!
Though I can't say that all this time I only translate.


Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:46
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You don't need to measure it... Dec 10, 2011

neilmac wrote:

I've never actually measured it though.

I've been using the free version of Paymo for time tracking, and now they've come up with an add-on (also free), Paymo Plus...

You turn it on when you start up your computer and oh my god, it shows you every single SECOND you've spent on the computer, and where, doing what. Useful for billing but more information than you probably ever want to know. For PC and Mac. http://www.paymo.biz/

And yes, I agree with Manuela. There's an option missing: WAY too many.

[Edited at 2011-12-10 12:14 GMT]


SYTham  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:46
Chinese to English
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>8 Dec 10, 2011

Way more than I would like.


R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:46
Member (2006)
Portuguese to English
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8+ Dec 10, 2011

...and we're forgetting about the other screens that can consume time; mobile phones and televisions. Admittedly, I spend the majority of my life in front of a screen.

A decade or two ago I would have said that was pretty sad. Today I would say it's normal.


Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:46
French to English
I am amazed. Dec 10, 2011

When I answered "5-8," I was thinking, "Ugh! That's way too much, even including work!," but the poll results show more people are on it for >8 hours. How have we come to this?


Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:46
Member (2006)
German to English
up to 16 Dec 11, 2011

hours a day over the past couple of months, just really busy


Interlangue (X)
Local time: 02:46
English to French
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>8 Dec 11, 2011

I am connected to the Internet between 14 and 20 hours a day (I normally disconnect for the night), work (and search) 8-10 hours on average, but also check mail, read news, chat, surf and play.


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:46
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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About 12 Dec 11, 2011

Not all of it translating.


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