Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Four hours a day

The average American adult watches 30 hours of television per week. That is a lot of television. If you don't count movies, I probably have not watched 30 hours of television in the past year.

This snippet is from a 1990 article in the New York Times about television addiction that we read for decision theory class. I bet you could write an identical article today, replacing "television" with "Internet," and everything would be equally valid.

This is one reason I enjoy running Linux now, because I am so afraid of it freezing (as it has done twice now) if I try running more than one program at a time for more than a half an hour or so that I don't spend very much time on the Internet. It's a wonderful thing. Almost as wonderful as the noise Ubuntu makes when it turns on.

3 comments:

Rebecca said...

Hmmm, it doesn't seem as though the freezing thing is such a great result of this new operating system of yours...

Diana said...

You're right; it's not. It's especially not a great result because I have no idea what to do when my computer freezes. When I was running Windows and it froze, I brought up the Task Manager, which somehow in its very existence un-froze (thawed) the computer. I have no idea what to do when the computer freezes with Linux. I tried Ctrl-Alt-Delete, Esc, Ctrl-Q, and whatever else I could think of, to no avail.

While the freezing is not such a good result, the decrease in my computer use certainly is.

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