The internet has touched almost all of our lives. The impact that it’s had on some of us, myself included, has been massive. My lifestyle would be completely alien to a “modern man” 20 years ago. With that in mind, I thought I’d run through a typical day in my life with a special focus on usage of the internet.
Before setting my thoughts out in an article, I knew, of course, that the internet has changed a lot of what I do on a daily basis. However, even I was surprised at the results. So, join me, a modern thirty-something-year-old man, as I take you through a fairly ordinary day of online interactions.
07:00: Wake Up!
The sound of my Spotify playlist wakes me up at 07:00 for another day at the office. I slowly rouse from my slumber, get out of bed, and head to the bathroom. My shower and toothbrush aren’t “smart” just yet so all of this is pretty analogue!
Again, the making of my breakfast was pretty offline but once it’s ready, I sit eating it whilst scrolling through various applications on my phone. I first check on my investments.
I’m pretty into tech investing. The internet has touched my life in a big way so it’s fair to say it will have had the same impact on others too. I login to my RobinHood app and see that Tesla and Amazon posted small gains. Nice! Next, I load up my Blockfolio account. Like countless other millennials, I’m invested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and a few choice altcoins. The market is a 2.8% down on the day – nothing major.
Investments checked and just a few bites into breakfast, I pay a visit to the WhatsApp group chat. The boys have finally decided who can make our annual ski trip this year, so we’re ready to start planning. After that, I look at what’s happening in the world. Still staring at my phone screen, I visit four different online publications to try and get a more balanced picture than what the TV would feed me.
Just before I go to get dressed, I login to Tinder quickly. No matches, damn. This weekend is still looking uneventful!
08:00 – 09:00: Getting Ready and Setting Off for Work
I dress – no application will put my socks on for me yet so that’s got to be done the good old-fashioned way. I hail an Uber to take me to work. In the back I engage in some pre-ski trip banter will the lads. I remind Dave that he might be handy on his snowboard but my skis will get me to the bar much faster.
09:00 – 12:00: Work, Work, Work!
When I arrive at my coworking space, after a few passing pleasantries with the others in there, I get down to business. First, I check work emails and respond where necessary. I then crack on with my latest project. As a graphic designer, this involves plenty of research. Fortunately, I can do it all from my office chair.
Feeling inspired from a morning of research, I decide it best to continue working rather than heading out for something to eat. I load up Uber Eats and order myself noodles from the Asian Restaurant further down our street.
I continue working on my latest piece until the food arrives and then take a few minutes to check in with the news again before a quick glance at Tinder. Still nothing!
Better get back to work!
15:00: Take a Break
My creativity hits a bit of a brick wall and my mind wanders to the slopes this winter. I check the group chat. There’s a lot of talk about booking an apartment this week but no one has come forward with any suggestions. The perfect distraction!
I visit Google first to find a resort that’s perfect for us. According to a few sources Austria has a great balance of nightlife and some steep slopes for the advanced snow sports enthusiast. Sounds good to me!
Next, I head to Airbnb to see what’s available for the week we have earmarked. I find a couple of likely apartments – four beds with a foldout in case Andy decides he can afford to join us last minute. I send them to the group chat.
I find myself on Google street view doing the walk from the apartment to the lifts and then to the nearest bar. It all checks out. I glance at the clock. Half an hour wasted. Whoops!
Feeling guilty, I resign myself to work for the rest of the afternoon.
17:30 – 18:30: Leaving the Office and Exercise
Having successfully submitted a draft piece for my client, it’s time to call it a day. I hail another Uber to take me across town. Once I get home, I quickly change and head out for today’s exercise. I logon to my Strava application and start a new session. I’m feeling strong today so I want to make sure I record my time and distance!
18:30 – 19:30: A Proud Moment and Some Dinner
Wow. I did it! A new personal best on my 10km run. Feeling suitably proud, I share my time on my social media feeds. I get a few likes and an old friend from high school congratulates me. She suggests we go running together sometime. It’ll probably never happen but I agree and tell her that I’m keen whenever she has chance.
All the exercise got me in the mood for a healthy dinner. Two takeaways in the same day is definitely overindulgence! I check my cupboards and fridge. There’s a scattered assortment of ingredients that I’m sure my mother could do something great with but I’m drawing a blank.
I decide that technology can probably help me here too. I load up SuperCook.com and enter the ingredients I have. I get back a host of interesting recipes. I choose one of get on with cooking. Having got anything in the pan, I realise that my cupboards are even barer than they were before. Better do some shopping!
I logon to my account at the local supermarket. Feeling lazy, I decide to just click reorder on the items I had last week. The whole thing takes less than a minute leaving me free to browse my local football team’s website to see the latest updates. It’s not long before it’s time to eat.
19:30 – 22:00: Unwinding and Entertainment
All the pressing tasks for the day completed, I take a quick shower and put on some comfy clothes. The rest of the evening is mine and although I have nothing particular planned, I know I won’t be bored.
With Netflix on the TV in the background, I’m first drawn to the online casino. I usually play a few hands of poker but feeling pretty drained, I opt for the slots instead. There’s a great bonus for a site I play at for a new slot I figure I’ll take a couple of spins instead. All the information I need the make a good decision is available online.
Unfortunately, lady luck isn’t smiling down on me at the casino and I bust out my bonus fund without hitting a big win. Oh well, maybe next time. Perhaps I’ll be luckier elsewhere. I load Tinder and decide to put the feelers out again. A few right swipes later and I notice the group chat is on fire. It seems the guys like my suggestions and think we should go for the place with the sauna on site.
I head back to Airbnb and request the booking. I’ve used the site a lot over the years and have plenty of good feedback so we should get it. Excited for the winter, I head to bed and put on a winter sports documentary. I’ve seen them all on Netflix so I use my Amazon Fire Stick. Worn out from another day in the digital life of a modern man, I drift off to dreams of the mountains.