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Poll: How many hours per day do you typically spend in front of your computer?
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May 20, 2013

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many hours per day do you typically spend in front of your computer?".

This poll was originally submitted by Magdalena Balibrea Vich. View the poll results »



 

Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 12:42
Member (2013)
German to Italian
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>10 May 20, 2013

I guess anybody working full time as a translator cannot spend less than 8 hours a day in front of a screen. I voted >10 because I also watch movies on my computer and read online newspapers.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 19:42
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
>10 May 20, 2013

Wanted the option "As long it takes to finish the project"

Like Enrico, I do other stuff on the computer apart from translation.


 

Sebastian Witte  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 12:42
Member (2004)
German to English
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> 10 May 20, 2013

About 11, 10 of which are work-related

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 12:42
Spanish to English
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Er... May 20, 2013

I ticked the 6-8 box, which was really just a fence-sitting option. I don't actually sit and count the minutes while I'm working, whether it's on translation, revision or admin.

Looking at the poll question, it looks like it may have been prompted by someone worried that they might be spending too much time "in front of the PC", perhaps feeling guilty that they should be doing something more healthy or otherwise worthy. I don't suffer from this myself, but a friend who was here this weekend does, so I dragged her out for a cycle ride in the countryside. It worked wonders.


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 12:42
Member (2006)
German to English
> 10 May 20, 2013

up to 16 hours, but then no longer!

It really does depend on how busy I am as when I take a day off, then I do not even look at my mobile phone if I can avoid it.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 11:42
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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It depends! May 20, 2013

This last week at least twelve hours, but typically I would say 6/7 hours. Like Julian, I think that the option "As long as it takes to finish the project" is missing...

 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 03:42
English to German
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Of course more than 10 hours May 20, 2013

My computer is also my window to the world. I read a minimum of five daily papers and magazines per day. I also want to have fun with my close friends in our small forum (no social media stuff).

 

Steven F Smith
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:42
Member (2007)
Japanese to English
I must be extremely lazy May 20, 2013

I keep a careful record of my working week and I find five hours a day actually at the computer translating is enough to earn a decent living (Japanese to English pharmaceutical/scientific/medical does pay pretty well), which is fortunate, because I rapidly burn out if I need to do much more than this over a sustained period.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 12:42
Member (2009)
English to German
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It varies May 20, 2013

Normally I spend an average of a little over 10 hours in front of my computer. However, depending on the work load and other factors, this time can easily increase.

The maximum time I had ever spent in front of my computer amounted to 21.5 hours in more or less one consecutive session. This was caused by translation and research work and an additional online pitching session to a film producer. At logoff time my eyes were a miraculously copy of my screen's shape.icon_smile.gif


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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So when do you workaholics May 20, 2013

find the time to spend the vast amounts of money you must be earning?!!

I work full-time and voted 4-6 hours...


 

Shabelula
Italy
Local time: 12:42
English to Italian
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more can mean less May 20, 2013

I ticked the "more than 10" option, but reading your answers above, I understand that exceeding hours before a screen even though reading or doing some other pleasant activities, can lower the production quality, undermine concentration, etc.

Unfortunately I guess that once the pattern is set it's difficult to be more flexible and arrange a daily professional life including optional activities not related to the computer.


 

Jaime Oriard  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 05:42
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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More than 10 May 20, 2013

At least 8 hours for work related tasks (translating, editing, admin, marketing, etc.), plus a few more hours for leisure activities (reading, watching movies, interacting with friends, etc.) Weekends are different, of course.

 

Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:42
Member (2011)
Russian to English
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Probably 6-8 May 20, 2013

I work during school hours, and then a bit more in the evening if necessary, depending on what I have to do. I do prefer to spend my spare time away from the computer screen, though, as after several hours glued to the computer I need to stretch my legs and interact with 'real' people.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 03:42
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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8-10 May 21, 2013

My average was higher in the past, but recently I embarked on an effort to reduce my time spent on e-mails, social media, etc., so that I'm fresher for translation and can get to bed earlier. I also do write a blog, which has been useful for promoting my book (Finding My Invincible Summer), and that takes time in front of the screen (about 8-10 hours a week).

So far, the new system is working pretty well. I'm also skipping most TV and am spending more time walking and at the gym -- and reading, cooking, gardening, and playing with my dogs. I used to volunteer a lot, but I consider that I've paid my dues. It takes a toll.


 
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