For the past few weeks, I've kept a log of all the activities I've engaged in to see how the Web is impacting my life--at least when it comes to my consumption of media. But before I get into my findings, I should first offer some perspective. Years ago, before the days of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and others, I was a book and movie fanatic. I would read any book you put in front of me, and any time I had the chance to watch a film, I took it. The same was true with gaming. At times, I would play a game for an entire afternoon, take a break for a while to watch a TV show or movie, and go back to that game after dinner. I was an entertainment nut. I did everything I could to find out about new books, shows, movies, or games, and spent much of my time enjoying them.
But media technology has changed and so has my consumption of it. The Web now consumes my life. How much? The log I've kept over the past few weeks shows it, in minute-by-minute detail. … Read more