Do You Spend Too Much Time W/ Your Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HappyDude20, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I've been noticing that on my days off from my University I spend a lot of time on my Macbook.

    It usually starts when I wake up and check my emails in the bathroom. Yep I admit, I surf and turf. Then after I shower and if I've got nothing important going on, which on my days off most likely there isn't I'll just crash on my couch and surf for the web. At times for hours and i've been noticing mostly for at least an hour. This will consist of killing time surfing the web (digg mainly and google news) and also of listening to music on iTunes, read PDF files of mine from my documents folder and watch movies from my movies folder.

    I spend most of my time on my Mac just "wasting away" in a sense and the rest of the time doing homework on it, writing essays on Word, school stuff, etc.

    So I'm wondering if others either spend too much with their Mac in any respect: surfing the web or even if you're completely productive all the time with it.

    This situation has made me consider purchase an iPod Touch. I'd go for the 1st Gen and it just seems with a Touch I could still do the same things I'd do on my Mac here at home, except with the problem of having a big Macbook on my lap, or wherever. Mainly since the Touch is handheld I could be more productive and only work on the required apps I should be looking at rather than clicking from one website to another on firefox...

    Essentially what I think I'm asking if for advice if you think getting an ipod touch would help in my quest to not spend so much time at home on my Mac, online, etc. The touch just seems like a good alternative to living a life without a computer, and only opening the Macbook when it is really needed, like writing an essay in Word.

    your thoughts?
  2. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Oh yeah, way to much time, and a LOT of time here at MR. I simply love my BMB. Our family will be soon purchasing a new MBA and new design WMB.
    Christmas will be a new 3.6 GHZ:eek: 1.5 Terrabyte:eek: i-MAC :rolleyes: for general family use, (spec's are wishful thinking). As converts we simply love the Mac, but, dude, in the bathroom?????? I don't ever, EVAH want to borrow your Mac:D:D
  3. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2008
    Long Beach, CA
    i disagree, i had my iphone for almost a year before i bought a macbook and now i am on my macbook all the time. it is obviously much faster then your iphone/ipod touch while surfing the net and doing other tasks. But if you are looking to not lug the macbook everywhere it wouldnt be a bad purchase. Now if it was an iPhone, with the phone feature and portable always-connected internet. then it may be something you should look into. Just dont see the necessity in an ipod touch with the types of things you use your macbook for.. but hey thats just me:cool:

    p.s. i spend wayyyy to much time on my macbook!
  4. nickbr00tality macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2008
    i'm on it pretty much all day...easier than being on my iPhone or whatever.
    Mainly just browsing and listening to music...
  5. Skeletal-dæmon macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2008
    Too much time? Debatable.

    I have a bad habit of taking my BlackBook everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Even if I don't plan on using it. The bus, to mates houses, to college, the cinema, everywhere. Cause you never know when you might need it.
  6. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    skeletal; that's exactly how i feel and which is also the reason why im considering an ipod touch.

    Sure the touch can't do everything i'll need but it does do most. lately i've been taking my macbook to school everyday in case i might need it but really only open it if i need to type up an assignment or something. there are still pc's on campus that have word too so...

    but the same reason reason you stated is my underlining as to why im considering a touch.
  7. Skeletal-dæmon macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2008
    I dunno, I've used a Touch and wasn't too impressed. Plus when I do pull out my MacBook to actually use it, I do something fun in GarageBand or something like that, so a Touch really wouldn't suit me at all.
  8. Mpulsive81 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2006
    McKinney, TX

  9. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
    How do you define "too much time"? :p

    Anyways, I thought the question is kind of funny. I'd say yes, but usually it isn't just because it's my Macbook (Though I have spent a lot more time on computers since I got my Macbook). I usually find myself reading stuff online or working or doing whatever, and I just don't feel like stopping.

    As for the iPod touch...I love mine. It's a wonderful device, but I'm not sure it'll help you too much with staying off the Macbook. It's great for surfing the web, but not intensively. It's not a laptop, and it's not as fast, so there are some obvious limitations. I don't think it'd be a bad purchase, anyways, though. There's so much great stuff for the iPod touch, and even without apps the device is awesome.
  10. costabunny macrumors 68020


    May 15, 2008
    Weymouth, UK
    By too much time? would spending more time with my Mac than I spend sleeping and working combined?

    (well my Mac is better than any BF - She doesn't judge me, critisize me, cheat on me, get drunk and stay out late, or be a bastard!)

    :) so yes I DO !
  11. redwarrior macrumors 603


    Apr 7, 2008
    in the Dawg house
    I didn't realize it was possible to spend time away from my mac. Eeeek! The horror!:eek:
  12. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    Calm down, it is not real! :D

    I think it is possible. I travel for work, no TV in the PM, so I did have days where I spent 4-6 hours on my Mac. Of course, that was email, web, games, resumes, Java, etc. Still, looooong time.
  13. Skeletal-dæmon macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2008
    Elgato EyeTV. TV on your Mac for about £70 ($150) if you get the Hybrid model that does both digital and analogue television. You need a bigger aerial if you're gonna use it when on walkies, other than that my TV stick is indispensable. I use mine literally every night. Plus you can record to your hard drive, and export to iPod/Touch/Phone.

  14. ksabek macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2008
    ya man same thing with me I got my blackbook 3 weeks ago and when I wake up I check my mail and check the news. Afternoon chat with friends lsn to music then at night even more surfing especially now the rumors of the new macs!!!!:p
  15. Jpoon macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2008
    Los Angeles California
    I'm generally on campus all day at the University of Memphis, so my MacBook goes everywhere with me. So....yeah, I spend a lot of time with my Mac. And I make all the Comp Sci. majors jealous when I pop out my MB to compare code. Windows? Bootcamp.

    When they ask how I play games, I just tell them about my gaming rig PC...
  16. Gadget-Girl macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    Oh my gosh, tell me about it. I spend my whole day facing my Mac. :D
  17. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    As for me, I couldn't imagine my iphone replacing my laptop in any way, even if it ran all of the applications I needed. The screen'd make my eyes bleed after staring at it for longer than an hour.
  18. mixmacface macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2008
    in the 7th layer of hell.
    i actually spend more time with my PC lappy. bigger screen and in a common area, so i can socialize.
  19. blurredline macrumors 6502


    Feb 22, 2007
    Fort McMurray, AB
    I have both the iPhone and Touch, and when I'm at home, neither take away from my Macbook time, haha. I spend too much time surfing the net. Reading RSS on NetNewsWire, and most of all spending far too much time on MR Forums and Digg. I need to cut back and start reading more books, exercising, etc...but anyways, my point is, I don't think getting a touch will cut back on your Macbook surfing. I only use my iPhone for the internet when I'm not at home.
  20. POWERCOM macrumors member


    Feb 13, 2008
    spendin a minimum time of 9 hours a day on my macbook.
  21. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca

    i'm currently at a library about 30 miles away from home. 3 miles away from my college with my mac. My backpack is carrying enough books as it is. I did need to type up some papers today, but could've easily used a pc here...

    on ebay i've been seeing an 8gb touch for about $130...i was hoping to find one for $100...but we'll see.
  22. blumoon macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2007
    I have my mac (first one) almost 1 year and I spend as much time as I can on it. I love it. I bought an iPhone in July and haven't been able to put that down either.
    These freakin' things are addicting.
  23. *Sandy* macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2008
    Always in a path of a Hurricane!
    I wake up and sit on my mac till around 11am, go get my mail at my PO box, go back on about 1PM and stay to 5 PM and then watch YV :)_
  24. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    It's OK to love your Mac; just don't love your Mac. ;)
  25. wesg macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2008
    Toronto, ON

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