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I know there are many discussions on here about limits on screen time for children and the pros and cons of those, but I'm wondering if you hold yourself to any limits on screen time--I'm primarily interested in discussing computer use, but if you have them for TV or other media, please share as well.<br><br>
I feel like I am spending too much time on the computer, beyond the necessary use for work and family communication. I spend way too much time reading new posts on MDC, reading stuff out of my Google Reader, checking the news, and just surfing aimlessly. I don't know how much time I spend on the computer, probably most of the afternoon, so 3 or 4 hours total, maybe?<br><br>
I like using the internet to keep in touch with family and friends, I like MDC because it keeps me on a good path as far as parenting and crunchy living and it keeps me thinking about the 'big picture' parenting issues, and the internet is my primary source of news (we don't have a TV or a radio or get the newspaper). I am really bored at home, exhaustion and some lingering pregnancy nausea taking away my resolve to do much more than read or relax or surf the net. My son spends a lot of time at playdates or with extended family around here, which he loves and which has really eased the burden on me, especially when I was feeling a lot worse earlier in this trimester.<br><b><br>
How have you limited your own time on the computer or the TV or whatever media device takes up too much of your time?</b> I know Firefox has a plug-in where I can limit the time on specific sites, so I suppose that is one option.
 

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<p>Not really. As long as everything gets done that needs to be done and our family spends enough quality time together, I figure any free time can be spent however I want to.</p>
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<p>I don't and I should .... too ...</p>
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<p>was wondering, how long do you consider is "reasonnable time" for computer and TV time daily or weekly on average ?</p>
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<p>at some period, reading on MDC seems to eat up so much of my free time that there's not much left for other activities for free time ...</p>
 

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I try to limit my time in front of any screen. After a certain point, it can seem like my life is just going down the drain if I stay on too much.<br><br>
I try to just check in periodically throughout the day and make sure I'm getting all of my other work done. I am only on MDC and one other site usually, so it's not too hard. But MDC can suck you in for sure.
 

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<p>I do limit my own screen time. I come to MDC for a bit in the mornings after dd leaves for school and before my mother wakes up (right now, as a matter of fact).  I can't do any housework when mom is sleeping or it will wake her up due to where her rooms are in relation to the rest of the house.  Then I get my stuff done and may take a break to come back here for a few minutes in the afternoon.  Otherwise, I like a clean, tidy home and making meals from scratch, so I have to limit my online time or it wouldn't get done. </p>
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<p>If dd and dh are home, I'm not online, no TV, and we don't have any games.  MDC is the only place I spend time online.  I don't have any social networking or blog or anything else.  I may look up a recipe or reply to something on my cooking forum, but spend less than 30 minutes/week there.  Sunday mornings, dh is busy with his newspapers, dd gets to watch 2 hours of recorded PBS from the week before (and even gets breakfast in bed), and I'll hang out here while they are vegging.  That's about the only time I spend here when my family is around and that doesn't even happen regularly. </p>
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<p>My household would fall apart if I spent as much time online as others I know do (my niece for example, and yes her house is chaos).  I will turn on satellite radio or the Food Network for background noise when I'm in the kitchen.  Otherwise, the TV is off.  I do like my peace and quiet and a clean house that is organized. </p>
 

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<p>I do, but it probably seems liek I don't.  It's a really slow time for me at work so I am on here all day. I am newly pregnant and still sick though so while I try not to get on during the weekends and after work usually I have been breaking that rule just because I can't do anything else but lie around.</p>
 

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<p>While I dont actively limit my screen time, it is limited by a few factors. DH is working a lot from home and we only have one computer, my kiddo is getting to wild to nak, we have made a "no food or drinks around the laptop" rule. That being said, sometimes I spend 5 hours online, sometimes I go three days without it. More often than not I spend about an hour online in the late morning and an hour late at night.</p>
 

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More often than not I spend about an hour online in the late morning and an hour late at night.<br><br><br><img alt="nod.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/nod.gif"> Me too. This is about the perfect amount of time for me.
 

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<p>I don't limit it, but I will be soon. I've fallen into the habit of NAKing over the last several years, and have also spent too much time online when tired, sick and/or depressed. I'm doing better, though.</p>
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<p>I have a lot of Christmas shopping to do online, and I'm researching some local activities right now. I also have some things I have to do on here (volunteer work, homeschooling reporting, banking, etc.). I'll be setting myself a "fun" (MDC, Facebook, Cracked, etc.) limit of probably an hour a day after Christmas or in the New Year. My current online time is dfeinitely excessive. I need to break the "go on to do the banking, check the Facebook, pop in at MDC, go offline two hours later without having done the banking" thing...seriously. <span style="font-size:9px;">(I do get up to deal with the kids and stuff during all this, though!)</span></p>
 

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<p>Nah, my family does it for me! My 2 yo is prone to making trouble unless she's actively nursing while I sit at the cpu.<span><img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span> Plus, we have one laptop for three adults and one homeschooled 9 yo so I usually have to wait for my turn.If not for all the I would probably have to limit myself somehow; I have little selfcontrol for such things in general.</p>
 

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We have one computer for the 3 of us. I kinda like it like this. Makes us all look forward to using it and noone can hog it. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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No I dont put a limit on screen time for me and never have with the kids either.
 
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