The internet may just be the most significant human invention to date. What other tool contains all of human knowledge and creativity, which you can then share with another human anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds? Yep, pretty remarkable. Or at least, it has the potential to be remarkable and awe-inspiring. Alas, living with a sense of wonder is not the perpetual experience of internet users. There is such a thing as internet fatigue. When that sets in, we often find ourselves just visiting the same websites over and over — and, dare we say, it becomes a little boring.
But the good news is that it’s always possible to liven up your internet experience. In this blog, we’re going to run through just eight ways that you can do that. The next time you begin to feel a little bored, give some of the following activities a try!
Play a Game
Serious gamers know all about the internet’s videogame credentials. But you don’t need to play World of Warcraft or Minecraft to game online. There are millions of smaller-but-just-as-fun games you can play, too. How about an online version of the classic Nokia game Snake? Or testing your mind by playing Sudoku? You could also play online poker or spin games; just be sure to use a free bet offer rather than risk your own money if you’re a newcomer to those games. Whichever online game you choose to play, you’ll find that they offer a great break from simply scrolling through Facebook!
Challenge Yourself Against Clever Bots
Artificial intelligence isn’t just the future, it’s the now. You can see for yourself by getting into a conversation with a clever bot. There are a few different options out there. You can engage in some pretty strange and surreal conversations with more basic bots (which, we’re not going to lie, can be a lot of fun), or you can see just how advanced things have already become. There are Bot or Not tests where you have to decide whether you’ve been chatting with a human or a bot following a brief online interaction. Even if you get it right, you’ll likely conclude that, yep, this type of technology is progressing pretty steadily.
Watch a Documentary
You can waste time on the internet, sure (is there a better time-wasting tool?), but you don’t have to. You can also learn a thing or two and put your digital-time to good use. There are plenty of amazing, engaging, and worthwhile documentaries online. And the best part? Many of them are free — you can find those ones on YouTube or Documentary Heaven. The latter website is best if you’re not sure what to watch. Simply hit the ‘Top 100’ or ‘Best’ link, and you’ll have a whole sea of documentaries to choose from.
Go Down Wikipedia Rabbit Holes
Ah, Wikipedia. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. How many times have you pointed your browser in the direction of Wikipedia when you had to settle an argument with a friend? Too many to mention. The website isn’t just effective as a reference point, however. It can also be a bona fide entertainment machine. There are some truly fascinating Wikipedia rabbit hole topics that’ll have the hours passing like seconds. You can start with the basics, such as the entry page for ‘mermaids’ and then progress into the truly weird and bizarre. One of the best articles on the website is ‘The Dancing Plague of 1518,’ which refers to an incident in France whereby 400 people began randomly dancing in the streets. Not a bad plague to live through!
Take a Look At Your Internet Presence
If you’ve been on the internet in more or less some capacity, then you’ll have an internet presence. If you have a Facebook account, then you have an internet presence. But what if you exist elsewhere on the internet too? You can find out by Googling your name. In most cases, you’ll just come across old forum postings and profiles of yours that you made years back. But you might also find things such as old newspapers where your name appears if they’ve been digitized. And who knows what else you’ll find? There’s only one way to find out.
Go on a Trip
Who says that you always need to board a plane when you want to explore the world? That’s the more direct method, but it’s also the most expensive. Another option is to discover the globe through the wonderful world of the web. The Google Earth application has a range of tools that’ll whet your appetite for travel. There are also plenty of high-quality travel blogs that include detailed descriptions and outstanding photography. If the weather is wet and you’re a little bored, go on a little e-journey to new corners of the globe.
Learn a Hobby
In the olden days, if you wanted to learn a hobby, then you would need to teach yourself or find a teacher in the local area. Not any more. Just by clicking a few buttons, you can find lessons on whatever it is that you’re looking to learn. You can opt for a professional course or follow some free YouTube tutorials. The piano, juggling, filmmaking, sewing…you can learn all there is to be learned on the internet.
Make Some Friends
The dream of the internet was to connect people. And you have to admit, it has been pretty successful! Thanks to the digital world, people can stay in touch with friends and family that live on the other side of the planet. However, it’s not just your existing friends and family that you connect with online. What about making new friends or even finding your life partner? There are plenty of sites that’ll allow you to connect with others based on an interest or hobby. You may or may not even meet in person, but it doesn’t really matter either way — connection is connection no matter through which medium it is made.