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1 in 4 Stay-at-Home Moms Spend More Time on the Internet Than With Their Kids

By January 12, 2010

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A new survey suggests 25% of stay-at-home moms are spending more time online than they do with their kids. British gaming site WinMonkey polled 1,466 SAHMs to ask how much time they spend online.

Results showed Facebook and Twitter are the big winners with a mom's time, The Sun reports. Some SAHMs said they spend more than five hours online each day. The moms polled are online an average of 2 hours, 15 minutes a day with 79% saying they spend more time online than they do cooking and cleaning.

Five hours of "me" time? Sounds like bliss. But none of the SAHMs I know are spending that kind of time doing anything other than running the house and keeping the kids from hurting themselves (or each other).

My days are spent entertaining my son with music class and games that teach, staying on top of housework, finding ways to save money, cooking healthy meals for my picky eater and managing our household finances. I'm lucky if I get 5 minutes to myself or even 5 hours of sleep!

Sure, moms use Twitter and update their status on Facebook. Most people do, whether they're at work, a baseball game or, yes, I've even seen tweets in my timeline from someone in a bathroom.

The key is not to let social media and other online outlets rule your life. A few minutes here and there to update your status or play an online game can suck valuable, quality time out of your day.

No clue how long you're online every day? See exactly how much time you're spending in front of your monitor. Tracking time wasters is the first step to adding more minutes back into your day.

It's important to note that, while Facebook and Twitter, were named as the places SAHMs prefer to visit, many moms jump onto the Internet to find useful information. I can't tell you how many times I've turned to the Internet to find a quick recipe for dinner, looked up medication side effects or searched for answers on potty training, diaper rash and temper tantrums.

As a parent, how do you use the Internet?

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April 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm
(1) RMTH0911 says:

I spend at least three hours a day on the internet, but I am working on data entry–I work from home. As a single, stay at home mom, I feel like working from home is better for my kids than leaving them with someone else. Plus, they are usually sleeping when I work. Other than that, unless I have time outside of house work, I get maybe 5 minutes online (which usually consists of research, not social media sites).

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