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For many of us, the Internet has become an integral part of everyday life. To the point that we wouldn’t actually know how to function if we lost access to the arsenal of online tools The 5 Best Ways To Relax Using Online Tools The 5 Best Ways To Relax Using Online Tools Read More we use on a regular basis.

However, there remains the possibility of having too much of a good thing. And maybe you are spending too long online each week. In order to find out, we want to hear about your online habits Change Your Bad Habits & Your Data Will Be More Secure Change Your Bad Habits & Your Data Will Be More Secure Read More . Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Happy In The App Store

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Do You Discover New Apps?

Out of a total of 216 votes, 42.1% chose Browsing The App Store, 16.2% chose A Particular Website, 15.7% chose Recommendations From Friends, 13% chose An App Discovery App, 6% chose Social Networking Sites, 6.5% chose Other, and 0.5% chose I Don’t Do Apps.

It seems most of you head straight for the app store of your chosen operating system in order to discover new apps. Which means those curated lists of recommended apps can make or break a new entry. Websites including MakeUseOf clearly have a part to play too, as do friends and family who are keen to recommend their favorite new apps.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Peter, Paul, and Michael Dowling. Comment Of The Week goes to B.Posh, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment How Do You Discover New Apps? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Do You Discover New Apps? [MakeUseOf Poll] There's an app for everything these days. This is obviously a boon for all of us who own smartphones, but it makes discovering new apps difficult. Especially new apps actually worth installing. Read More :

I usually do most of my research for a new app from my desktop by using web searches to turn up lots of recommendations and reviews for apps that do what I’m looking for including ones that are not included in the Play Store. I like “Best of” type reviews where several apps are highlighted and compared by an independent reviewer. I find such info on sites like makeuseof.com (my favorite), android.stackexchange.com, lifehacker.com, androidtapp.com, androidauthority.com but I use the web search to get the list from which to choose.

I get recommendations from other android users too, then do my research, then go to the Play Store to install it.

We chose this comment because it shows how one reader uses a variety of sources for discovering new apps. This includes Web searches, specific websites (including us), and recommendations from friends. We especially like the fact that even an app recommended by a friend is subject to research before installation. It is, after all, better to err on the side of caution Scam Apps in the Play Store You Need to Avoid Scam Apps in the Play Store You Need to Avoid For every amazing app you can find on Android, there's a cheap knockoff waiting to waste your time and steal your money. Read More .

Are you Addicted to the Internet?

Internet addiction 5 Tips to Prevent Internet Addiction and Study More Effectively 5 Tips to Prevent Internet Addiction and Study More Effectively Read More is a growing problem. You have only got to witness groups of schoolchildren wandering aimlessly down the road all using their smartphones while ignoring each other to see this in action. But whether you’re addicted to the Internet Are You Addicted to the Internet? [You Told Us] Are You Addicted to the Internet? [You Told Us] The Internet is perhaps the greatest invention of all time. It's certainly up there amongst the main contenders, even now when it's still only in its infancy. The possibilities this interconnected web of computer networks... Read More or not, we want to know how long you spend online on an average week.

There is no need to conduct a time and motion study, as we’re not asking for accurate numbers. Just give us your best guesstimate and we’ll fill in the blanks. We would also like to know how your Internet usage corresponds to your age, so be sure to let us know roughly how old you are in the comments section below.

Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way.

It’s very important that as well as voting in the Poll you take to the comments section to tell us how old you are. Don’t worry, we’re not looking for exact numbers, but knowing what generation you belong to will help us draw more interesting conclusions from the Poll. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we meet back here again this time next week.

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  1. Zhong
    February 24, 2015 at 4:02 am

    The internet has become so ubiquitous that every device, small or large has the capacity to access the internet. It's also a resource that's abundantly more useful than anything but this also will turn yourself into an addiction that's hard to get rid of.

  2. Mary Brady
    February 24, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Adding my stats to the 65+ club. Have used computers for many years prior to retirement from a health care profession. Have intermediate skills, own 2 PCs and one laptop. I installed Ubuntu on oldest PC when XP support went away, though now I run it with Lubuntu. I have laptop dual booted with Ubuntu and Windows 7. Have many interests and also do all day to day research from A to Z for any topic for which husband (he does not use computers) or I need information. My use averages out to about 4 hours a day, but occasional library loan of eBooks may bump that higher.

  3. Suleiman
    February 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    One of the things that I like about MakeUseOf is that you get valuable information from people like B.Posh. I have bookmarked all the websites.

  4. suzybel58
    February 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Retired, 60's and once I get my necessities done or not, I go from my computer, to my iPad, to my Android phone and just keep at it. I switch to the telly at night though. If I'm having trouble sleeping at night I drag out my Blackberry tablet in bed or my Kobo and read. Too many gadgets and too much time on the internet you say? Don't blame me, it's my son's fault, he got me hooked.

  5. Rick Sluder
    February 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I am at the ripe old age of 75. Have been into computers since we only had a company network to only read the information provided by the company available on a CRT. One day we received a desktop computer and it had my name on it. After reading the set up instructions, I turned it on and was introduced to the "C" prompt. I looked at it for a long time and went out to buy a DOS instruction manual from Radio Shack. There was no such thing as Windows so learning was interesting to say the least. Needing additional practice, I purchased my own computer and then came Windows.

    Today, my interest remains in computers of all kinds and I am proficient in Windows, Chrome Books, and learning Linux. You may say that "he is too old to learn current day computers". Well at age 75 we must use our brain constantly to maintain good health, and computers are my accomplishment for feeling good.

    The internet has allowed me to stay active in computers, learn the new things and Makeuseof.com provides a capability reserved for everyone, including "old guys", that want to share their knowledge with people just getting started. All subjects are covered including Linux. Thanks for providing an excellent source for answers.

    The internet is the one most important piece of the knowledge pie and it is something we must continue. If you want an eye opener, let your wireless go down and you will find out how important it is to you.

  6. JD
    February 23, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Making sure... 130-135 hrs ... is that enough? LOL

  7. JD
    February 23, 2015 at 3:34 am

    About 130-135 hrs ... is that enough? LOL

  8. R A Myers
    February 23, 2015 at 12:05 am

    On average 2-3 hours per day. Usually on for and hour or so in the evening doing email. As a Skywarn spotter I've been on the computer and amateur/CB/GMRS/FRS radios for 18-20 hours. Other times I'll be working on a project or get interested in something and spend some extra time on the computer, and perhaps amateur radio if what I got interested is amateur radio related.

  9. nolifestudent
    February 22, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    After work 7 hours, weekends 14 hours, holidays 24 hours if not doing anything special.

  10. Leah
    February 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    How much time do I spend on the internet? Too much. I have social anxiety and have allowed the internet to embrace me. Instead of working too overcome my shyness I have let the internet cultivate it.

  11. Paul
    February 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    The options stop way too early.

  12. Ron
    February 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Retired, 65+, online from the time I get up in the morning until I go to bed at night

  13. Andrew K
    February 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Interesting Question. I have to really stop and consider the time spent at the computer, although not all of the time is on-line, trying to break it down is difficult. My computer(s) are allways on and certain programs are connected 24-7 (instant messengers, google calendar / google drive, Twitter, e-mail client, etc) is that considered time on-line? Any time I am sitting at the computer, even if I am working on a speadsheet or review, I am aware of friends and family that are on-line and randomly access info that I have in the cloud, and have e-mails continuously being downloaded at regular intervals throughout the day, never actually considering it time on-line. Even while lounging in the easy chair in the evening I have grown acustom to hearing Pidgin (im) chime as friends and family go on and off line, if I don't hear those chimes I find myself wondering if there is a connection problem.

  14. dragonmouth
    February 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I became used to using a computer when working in IT. I spend at least 3-4 hours per day at the computer but not necessarily on the 'Net. A lot of times I tinker with my PCs, trying different hardware or different Linux distros. One can say I'm addicted to the computer rather then the Internet.