So you are bored? Well, at least you found this post! That is to say you are only seconds away from relieving your boredom.
With the Internet at your fingertips, there is never a lack of fun things to do when you’re bored. MakeUseOf is all about showing you the good stuff there is to explore, discover, and, well, make good use of. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the end of boredom. Ladies & Gentlemen, here are the wonders of the Internet…
Do Something Good
When was the last time you did something genuinely good? Being bored means you have some time to spare. Don’t let it go to waste, but invest it into something you are passionate about or someone you like. Imagine your boredom ended up making someone happy!
If there are any birthdays, anniversaries or holidays coming up, you could set reminders for yourself, prepare greeting cards, build a digital greeting card on your iPhone, maybe schedule emails that will auto-send when it’s time, or just randomly send someone free virtual flowers right now. If this is all too superficial, browse campaigns on Avaaz and cast your vote for a better world.
If you go with Flowers2Mail, you can create an individual bouquet of various flowers in different colors, choose a matching vase, change its color, and add a custom greeting card. Your flowers can be mailed up to 15 days in advance and you will be notified once the flowers are picked up.
Do you know of other quick ways to do good online? Please share in the comments!
Work On Your Skills
The Internet is full of knowledge. Tap into this endless source and increase your horizon with free onlline education websites like Coursera. You can get a university level education online, although you might not get the degree, but you can certainly improve your technical skills for free. Or you could simply learn how to type faster. If there is anything you want to learn, you will find no shortage of material online.
Some sites allow you to download the videos, for example Coursera. That way you can store them on your smartphone and watch or listen to them whenever you need to pass some time, for example during your daily commute.
What is a skill have you learned online? Please share your resources!
Watch Entertaining Videos
Studying can be hard and it’s totally fine if you just need to relax. Every day, people upload more video material to the Internet than a single person could watch in their lifetime. The amount of pointless videos on YouTube can be overwhelming. Fortunately, some people bring a little order and meaning into this mess.
Every week, my colleague Tim compiles a set of videos in his Stuff to Watch column. If that ain’t enough material, there are websites where you can find the latest viral videos, you can watch TV online legally and free, or see a documentary.
Where do you get your video entertainment fix?
Meet Another Person Online
With everyone tucked into their social networks and stuck within existing circles of friends, it’s becoming harder and harder to meet new people online without heavily engaging in some sort of online network, for example an online game. Well, if you crave to chat with a random stranger, know that there are still chat rooms and Instant Messaging clients where people meet and hang out these days.
My personal favorite chat website is AnybodyOutThere, a site where you can suggest a topic and people who are interested in it will join you. Alternatively, you can see what others want to talk about and join them.
Have you found a great way to meet new people and make friends online?
Listen To Music
A place where you can find new music to listen to every week is Sound Sunday and there are many other places to discover new music. Moreover, discover sites that let you interact with music in new ways, find music streaming services, and finally try Spotify and find that it plays more than just music!
What is your favorite place to discover and listen to music online? Are there any smartphone apps you can recommend?
Read eBooks Or Listen To Audiobooks Or Podcasts
Start with the free MakeUseOf Guides if your brain isn’t saturated with knowledge, yet. Otherwise, find free eBooks and eBook tools online, set up an eBook library on your iPad, or read eBooks on your computer. If you cannot be bothered to read at all, try to find an audiobook or a podcast you like. There are some great podcast apps for Android.
Where have you found great ebooks, audiobooks, or podcasts in the past?
Finally, if none of the above ideas of things to do when you’re bored was appealing, you can still play free online games. Many websites offer console games, several classic retro games are available for free, you can play Google Doodles, try HTML5 games and NES games in your browser, play multiplayer iPad games with your friends, or immerse yourself in a virtual world. There seriously isn’t any reason to be bored!
I used to hang out in Second Life a lot, but haven’t been into games at all since my interest for this virtual world subsided.
Do you have a favorite online game? Please let us know about it!
I’m not sure how anyone with access to the Internet can be bored nowadays. Is it that sometimes you don’t see the forest for all the trees? Well, I hope this article opened your eyes to some of the amazing things you can do online, even while bored at work, and I sincerely hope you won’t waste your precious time with boredom anymore. Please do share with us the online resources you found to relief you from boredom!
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