Will We Ever Log Off?

Eating, playing racquetball, brushing our teeth--surely we won't be doing everything online in the future? Don't be too sure

During the past two years, the amount of time the average Internet user spends online each week has risen from 4.4 hours to 7.6 hours. If that annual growth rate, 31.5%, holds up, then in 2025 the average Internet user will spend 590 hours online per day!

O.K., so extrapolation has its limits as a predictive tool. Still, you have to wonder. As cyberspace absorbs more and more of our work, play, shopping and socializing, where will it all end? What activities will still be off-line in 2025?

A few candidates spring to mind. Brushing your teeth. Eating. Playing tennis. Right?...

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