I have written many times before about how we don't watch TV in the house, by which I mean we don't have cable (well, we have it for broadband, but we don't subscribe to the TV service) and we don't have any antennas hooked up to our two small, soon-to-be-obsolete analog TVs. We still watch the occasional movie or TV series via DVD or VHS tape, but I would say I watch something that way maybe two hours a week, on average, if that. And that has been the way it is in the Lehmer household since 2000.
I used to hypocritically brag about the "no TV" thing and how much time it saved, which I then wasted by surfing the Web every day for a couple of hours. By "surfing" I mean sitting around idly reading the news and clicking through on various "interesting" sites and so on. Like channel surfing except with a 101-key remote. Last year I went on a news sabbatical so that waste of time is gone, and about four or five months ago I switched to a "feeds only" method for using the Web. Now I don't "surf" at all. Sure, I still go to a Web site once in a while if some post links to it and it looks interesting, and I still buy things from Amazon, but I no longer spend time just clicking around. And if I come upon a site that is interesting but doesn't offer a feed I don't go back - really.
Now that I've gotten used to it I love the syndication/subscription model. I look back at all the time I used to waste checking various sites daily (or more). No longer. And I don't use that gained time to then pile on the subscriptions in my reader to waste my time there instead. I am actually pretty ruthless with feeds and if I end up skimming one or ignoring it for a period of time I will usually unsubscribe. The point is not to fill up hours a day with idle reading but to follow only what's interesting and ignore all the rest so there's time to do other things. Because the day is only 24 hours, and there's always stuff to be done.
So, do you still surf? Why? Isn't there something better you could be doing with your time?