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The Week contest - Free time
If the Internet suddenly disappeared, what should be the first thing that young people do with all their available time?
 
The plugged-in generation.
The plugged-in generation. (Thinkstock)

Last week's question: Millennials spend up to 18 hours a day on social media, texting, websites, and other screen-based media, a new study found. If the Internet suddenly disappeared, what should be the first thing that young people do with all their available time?

RESULTS:

THE WINNER: Take naked Polaroids of themselves and snail mail them to friends
Tara Carman, Burien, Wash.

SECOND PLACE: Return to sleeping 18 hours a day
Karen Lynn, Zephyrhills, Fla.

THIRD PLACE: Find out if their parents are still alive
Philip Dacey, Minneapolis

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Get a job and show up
Joan Petty, Prescott, Ariz.

Move out of my basement
Jim Lancaster, Atlanta

Call each friend on a landline and ask if their Internet is down
Marti Dryk, Austin

Learn to cross the street while actually looking out for traffic
Dick LaVine, New York City

Ask a Baby Boomer what a stamp is
Ken Kellam III, Dallas

Exercise more than just their fingers
Mark Karol, Fair Haven, N.J.

Become more skilled at uni-tasking
Mark Severin, Puyallup, Wa.

Read a book
Jeffrey Silk, Doylestown, Pa.

Hang out at newsstands thumbing through porn magazines
Barry Cutler, Palm Desert, Calif.

Binge watch TV like normal people do
Paul Carroll, Garland, Texas

Call their mothers
Raven Deerwater, Mendocino, Calif.

Discover sex
Nancy Deschamps, Forest Hills, N.Y.

Get to know all of their “friends”
Chrissy Steward, Goshen, Conn.

Do the laundry
Suzanne Brooks, Quechee, Vt.

Retrain their eyes to focus on objects more than 18 inches from their face
Judith Stodola, Green Bay, Wis.

Join a Lonely Hearts Club
Roger Cernius, Belen, N.M.

Accidentally push their thumbs through the morning paper
Patrick Tuite, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Find and smell the roses
Frank Duffy, Bayfield, Colo.

Shop garage sales for encyclopedias
Susan Taylor, Charleston, Ill.

Buy Outdoor Activities for Dummies
Kc. Boren, Victoria, Texas

 

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