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.
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?