10 Things To Do Online When You're Bored
The subtitle of this article is "10 Things To Do Online That Are More Fulfilling Than Reading the Facebook News Feed." I had to think of something more search-engine friendly for the title. However, this idea stemmed from the fact that for a variety of reasons, I recently gave up reading the Facebook news feed for the foreseeable future. I truly believe that I will be much more fulfilled elsewhere online when I need a little break during my daily work routine (which as a freelance writer, involves spending a lot of time on the internet). Whether you feel the same way or you're purely here out of boredom and looking for something to mix up the routine, I hope that you find one or more of the following suggestions to be beneficial.
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1. Watch Cat Videos
You do not have to be crazy about cats to enjoy funny cat photos and videos. There are so many out there that it can be hard to know where to start. If you search "funny cat videos" on YouTube and click on any of the top links that are highly trafficked, you aren't likely to be disappointed.
2. Send a Message Or Email To An Old Friend
Instead of getting upset because an old friend hasn't posted anything on Facebook or Twitter recently, when not reach out to him or her and send a message? It is great to be able to "like" a cute kid picture or happy status update, but it isn't the same as making that human connection. If you've been thinking about someone lately, make the effort to contact him or her again. If you have the time, you can even get offline for a few minutes and make a call.
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3. Look at Beautiful Photos
I am into all things photography these days, so looking at beautiful photos is a natural choice for me. However, I truly believe that virtually anyone can find inspiration in a beautiful photo. When I have a couple minutes, I browse a favorite Flickr group (check out Cream City Milwaukee) or I look through some of my saved favorite photos on Flickr, deviantART, or Instagram.
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4. Learn More About a Personal Interest
I always get sad when I see how much time people spend leaving meaningless negative comments or getting into pointless arguments in forums and comment sections and on social media. I think that there is a place for constructive criticism online, but I think that people could also put a lot more of that effort toward bettering themselves. Take a few minutes to explore a favorite interest or learn a little bit about a concept that has always intrigued you.
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5. Catch Up On Favorite Blogs
There are so many amazing blogs out there these days. While there are lots of bad blogs, it is worth remembering the ones that you do like. Start a Pinterest board or an internet browser folder for your favorite blogs so that you have them all in one place and can find what you want quickly when you have a few minutes to read new posts.
6. Share One Of Your Favorite Photos, Videos, Or Posts Somewhere Online
If you find something online that you like, take just a couple extra seconds and share it somewhere. While you do not want to overwhelm your followers with link after link all day, a few thoughtful shares throughout the day can make a big difference for both your followers and the people who created that content. You'll get to share something meaningful, and the curators will appreciate that you made that effort.
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7. Listen to a New or Favorite Song or Custom Music Station
In a digital age filled with every kind of advertising imaginable, it is way to easy to spend whole days surrounded by content that you didn't actually choose to view. Pull up a favorite song on YouTube or get around to checking out that band that one of your friends has been telling you about for weeks. You can also create music stations through programs such as Pandora that you can then further customize to suit your personal tastes and preferences, which makes it really easy to listen to music that you do like whenever you want.
8. Check Out an Audio Book or Podcast
There are free podcasts and free or very affordable audio books out there on just about every topic imaginable. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding something that piques your interest. As you can put audio books and podcasts on smartphones, tablets, and readers (i.e. Kindles), it is really easy to take this content with you and fill idle moments while riding the train or waiting for appointments.
9. Play a Game
This is probably a no-brainer for most people because there are so many widely popular free games online. Who hasn't been tempted to join the Angry Bird or Candy Crush crowds, right? While it can be easy to get sucked in and end up playing for more than just a couple minutes during a break, it is also not hard to find games with short levels that you can play for short periods of time.
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10. Read the Real News
I'll be honest: I would rather read a new recipe or check out a cool DIY project than read a detailed news story any day of the week. I know that I'm also not alone in having first heard about breaking news events on Facebook. However, I still believe that it is important to find a few reputable news sources that you do like and check them regularly so that get the real facts about what's going on in the world.
© 2014 Rose Clearfield
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