Sometimes my DA has a purpose, for example getting slightly side-tracked while engaged in work-related research.
But there are also times when, quite frankly, it is out-and-out time wasting.
I don't usually regard completing online surveys as pure DA. After all, this year alone I have 'earned' £35 in Argos vouchers, £5 in M&S vouchers and cash amounting to somewhere in the region of £25.
Not a great fortune, but for just a few minutes at a time, doing an online questionnaire, or giving my opinion on everything from the recession to all-in-one shampoo and conditioners, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
In fact it's money for old rope.
Mostly they're rather formulaic and follow the same tried and tested ways of canvassing opinion.
However, yesterday I had one for cough medicine.
It started off OK. Have you had a cough in the last year? What sort of cough was it (multiple choice - chesty, tickly, thick mucousy etc?
So far so fairly uninteresting.
Until I got to this question, which had me practically falling off my chair laughing......
"If you were to try to put a figure on how much a thick, mucus cough weighs you down, how much extra weight would you say a particularly mucus cough feels like?"
- 1 pound equivalent to a bag of sugar
- 3 pounds equivalent to an average pillow
- More than 5 pounds equivalent to a small dog
- Don't know
Anyway, I digress.
I do know EXACTLY what it feels like to have a small dog lying on my chest as she does it most nights when I'm trying to read in bed. And I can say with some certainty that if you have a cough which makes you feel like that you should head for A&E without delay.