Saturday, August 30, 2008

BRITS CHOOSE SURFING OVER MEALS


It seems the majority of Brits including myself are addicted to the internet. According to the results of a recent survey by supermarket chain Somerfield, most Brits are so addicted to the internet that they forfeit their evening meal. The majority of the people surveyed said they preferred to munch on crisps and chocolate, whilst surfing the net and considered it more important to update their Facebook profile than eat a healthy meal! No wonder there is so much obesity in this country. A third of net surfers blamed their unhealthy habits for piling on the pounds. The majority of Brits spend an average of two and a half hours a day surfing the net. It seems that we have now become a dot.com nation!

We have certainly come a long way over the last few years, with the invention of computers and the digital age but unfortunately it seems that for many people, spending so much time online and not getting enough exercise has meant their health has suffered. I personally love spending time on the computer and can’t imagine life without one. My computer was in for repair recently and I really missed little things like picking up my e-mails every day. I was crawling the walls and couldn’t wait to get it back! My work is also computer based so consequently I spend quite a lot of time on there. However I take regular exercise and eat a balanced diet and would never forfeit eating a healthy meal, taking exercise or seeing friends or family to spend time online. At the end of the day, I think you just have to get your priorities right and strike a balance. Computers are great but they can be quite addictive for young and old alike. A U.S. study recently found that 6 per cent of internet users are addicted to surfing, whilst British psychiatrists recently found that between five and ten per cent of online surfers are internet addicts. Apparently net addiction is now a rising problem similar to other addictions like gambling, alcohol and drugs! Scary! So now we know!

5 comments:

Palm Springs Savant said...

I admit, we frequently both work on our laptops surfing while eating dinner on a week night. Weekends we don't but its become our form of entertainment during dinner at home. The only difference is we actually cook a real meal.

SandyCarlson said...

Wow! I would fit right in over there! I am the say way, Naomi. In fact, I just realized how hungry I am and made a sandwich to each while I surf!

Kyle and Svet Keeton said...

Hi Naomi,

Thank you for an interesting post!

...I remember in my childhood our parents, teachers and doctors told not to read when you are eating. We were so "addicted" to books - I think we still are :). But that's true we always remember what we were told at childhood and even follow it - A bad thing is that nobody taught us not to surf when we eat. I think that is a problem! ;)

Good thing that nor Kyle neither me surf Internet during the meal.

Best wishes,
Svet and Kyle

Ria said...

My laptop is my life, take it away and feel my wrath!!! Lol. Terrible isnt it? But hey thats how we live nowadays. But I dont miss my meals over it tho, thats just to the extreme.

Anyways just to let you know that I have reviewed your blog on my site, I hope its ok :)

take care!

Naomi said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. We all know how addictive computers and surfing the net can be.

Rick, at least you and John have a proper meal.

Sandy, yes you would fit right in over here.

Kyle and Svet, yes unfortunately we have all got into bad habits nowadays.

Ria, I know the feeling. Take away my computer and feel my wrath! Thanks for the review. I'll come over and have a look.