Having recently been called “a bit of a tosser” in a comment on this very blog (unfortunately, the comment appeared before the Code of Conduct was issued; if it had been posted after the CoC, I could have deleted it as uncivil with a clear conscience), I have taken a new interest in the slang used by our coalition partners across the pond. I was therefore very excited to note today that, as reported in the Guardian, the Brits have coined a great new term for an old affliction: wasting time on the web. They call it “wilfing,” which, apparently, is derived from the universal question “What was I looking for?”
Wilfing may be the single most common activity of internet patrons. A big new survey of web users reveals that two-thirds confess to engaging in wilfing (the other third are tossers) and one-quarter spend at least 30% of their online time in wilfing mode, which represents, the Guardian notes, “the equivalent of spending an entire working day every fortnight pointlessly jumping between random pages.” That’s a lot of wilfing.
Anyway, go check out the article. You have nothing better to do.