The basic premise of the online stopwatch remains the same no matter what the configuration is. Essentially the person puts in a timetable for when they expect to be completing a certain project task and the online stopwatch starts the countdown process that culminates in an indication as to whether the project has been finished on time.
It is a very simple piece of technology but it is also very effective in helping people to manage their time when they are using the internet. The type of technology that is found in the online stopwatch is used to create the running totals that enable the internet cafes to charge for their services. In other words the person pays for a certain amount of internet usage time and then the stopwatch is switched on. They can then see exactly the time that they have used so far and what is remaining. When the time comes to switch off the internet they are not surprised at all because the online stopwatch has been warning them of the fact all the time.
In fact the online stopwatch can act as an encouragement to work faster when the person realizes that there is limited time left to finish all the tasks that have been allocated. It then gives them the drive to work harder so that they are not caught by the deadline in the heat of the battle. For some people, this type of pressure is essential if they are going to get good results. It does not really matter how much effort they are putting in because at the end of the day the stopwatch will be telling them the exact position of the project timeline and if they have any attachment to completing that project, it will be the spark that ignites the hard work in them so that they can get to the conclusion in quick time.
It is almost a given that the online stopwatch will put some level of pressure on the user because on a subconscious level they know very well that they have a duty to complete that project on time. The online stopwatch is merely a reminder to keep them on track if they are beginning to wander off into other territories.
People use the stopwatch for personal development when they are working on projects that they want to finish within a specific amount of time. For example someone might want to learn how to type fast and the online stopwatch will give the tools to get quickly towards the finishing line yet if they had been exclusively attached to the keyboard, they would not have reached that target.
From this perspective one can see the individual uses of the online stopwatch to the personal development goals of the people who trawl the internet. Of course the assumption is that the person is serious enough to want to finish their project on time and according to specification or else the whole thing is a sham.