Computer use

To start gathering data about my media use, I decided to first look at the way I use my computer.

First I installed Slife, a web app that tracks your computer’s activity both on and off the internet. I turned it on and went about using my computer as usual for two weeks.

After looking over the data collected, I can’t say I too surprised by most of it. Google Chrome was by far my most used application at over 7.5 times the usage time of the next closest, Evernote. What did surprise me slightly was that Mail was only my third most used application, just under Evernote. (I guess those 30 second chunks of replying to emails and/or ignoring them don’t add up as fast as I thought they would!)

My top 5 most used applications for September 7-21. Screenshot.

My top 5 most used applications for September 7-21. Screenshot.

Since Google Chrome was the leader in my computer use, I decided to look at the browser’s New Tabs page which shows the most frequently visited sites.

Twitter was first, obviously. Following that was Facebook, reddit, YouTube, Netflix, the COMM 200 class website—no surprises there. Sudoku Kingdom, the next one, might seem strange to anyone else, but since I usually play sudoku off to the side while watching Netflix it’s entirely reasonable to me. I did think the last one, the Chicago Tribune, was a bit odd, but I suppose by the time you get to the 8th most frequently visited site, it might not be that frequently visited at all.

My New Tabs page in Google Chrome. Screenshot.

My New Tabs page in Google Chrome. Screenshot.

While nothing was overly shocking here, I think starting with my computer was a good way to jump in and begin thinking in depth about my media use.

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