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It’s kind of crazy how any of us can actually be bored in this day and age. The internet has never been as content rich as it is now, yet here you are, bored out of your mind and trying to kill time but unable to find something interesting enough to hold your attention.

Trust me, I’ve been there. Keep in mind that, as a teenager, you’ll soon be entering the prime years of your life — do not waste them! You’re going to wake up one day and wish that you had made better use of your time, so make do while you can. I feel that sense of regret every day, and it sucks.

The good news is that your options are truly endless. There’s so much you can do on the web, and many of these activities can be productive as long as you approach them with the right mindset.

1. Watch Videos

Which two sites first come to mind when you’re bored? YouTube and Netflix.

Videos are a great way to kill time because they’re long and they’re passive. You don’t have to do anything — just sit back and zone out and wake back up when the video ends, then rinse and repeat for as long as you want. But videos don’t have to be mindless!

On YouTube, there are dozens of channels that are both entertaining and educational. These videos are great because they aren’t just fun to watch, but also expand your mind, teach you new things, and even help you to be a more perceptive and empathetic person. Start with these educational channels for marathoning 10 Educational YouTube Channels Made for Marathoning 10 Educational YouTube Channels Made for Marathoning YouTube is now the go-to place for nearly any video you could want -- and that makes it a wonderful educational resource. Especially if you binge-watch the best YouTube channels out there. Read More and these uniquely entertaining channels 10 Unique YouTube Channels You Should Watch 10 Unique YouTube Channels You Should Watch There is a host of great content available to watch on YouTube. The problem is sorting the wheat from the chaff. These unique YouTube channels should help out... Read More .

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As for Netflix, you don’t have to veg out on six hours of mindless entertainment every Saturday afternoon. There are plenty of entertaining-and-educational series to watch, such as the Mythbusters-inspired White Rabbit Project. But best of all, you can watch all kinds of mind-opening documentaries The 12 Best Netflix Documentaries of 2016 The 12 Best Netflix Documentaries of 2016 Hundreds of documentaries are added to Netflix every year. So, to save you the trouble of sorting the wheat from the chaff, here are the best Netflix documentaries of 2016. Read More that will impact you in surprising ways.

2. Play Games

You can play all kinds of games in your browser these days: first person shooter games, puzzle games, strategy and war games, city building games, and even multiplayer board games The 5 Best Sites to Play Free Board Games Online The 5 Best Sites to Play Free Board Games Online Love to play board games? Want to play them in the digital space? These five online board gaming sites will help you get started, and they won't cost you a dime. Read More . And if you run out of games to play, there are hundreds of others available on both Android and iOS.

But there are two lesser-known-but-still-fun games I think you should know about.

  1. The Wiki Game — This game is based on the exploration of Wikipedia articles. It gives you a starting article and an ending article, and your goal is to navigate from one to the other by only clicking on internal Wikipedia links. There are five modes: fastest, fewest clicks, exactly six clicks, no using “United States” as a link, and five clicks to Jesus.
  2. GeoGuessr — This game uses Street View to take you to locations all over the world, and your goal is to look around and guess where you are by placing a pin on a world map. Your score depends on how close your guess is to the actual location. There are several different maps that you can pick to limit the range of possible locations.

3. Listen to Podcasts

Having started in 2016, I was late to the whole podcast craze, but I believe you can never be too late to start listening to podcasts. And if you haven’t yet delved into this strange and wonderful form of entertainment, you should start right away. You have no idea what you’re missing!

On the one hand, podcasts can be strictly for entertainment. For starters, you may want to check out these gaming podcasts Attention, Gamers! Here Are the 10 Best Gaming Podcasts Attention, Gamers! Here Are the 10 Best Gaming Podcasts Video games were one of the first mediums to go all in on podcasts, and there are now a wealth of gaming podcasts from which to choose. Here are 10 of the best. Read More , these podcasts for book-lovers Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles If you're always on the lookout for great book recommendations, these podcasts will keep your “to read” list full, and offer some insightful commentary into the lives of authors everywhere. Read More , and these true story podcasts 11 True Story Podcasts That Make Your Life Look Dull 11 True Story Podcasts That Make Your Life Look Dull These days there are podcasts about every subject under the sun. But the 11 podcasts listed here focus on true stories that are likely to make your own life look dull by comparison. Read More that are similar (yet oddly more compelling) than the occasional true crime show you might’ve seen on TV.

On the other hand, podcasts can spark personal growth. For example, I learned all I know about good money management and getting out of debt from these personal finance podcasts 10 Podcasts That'll Help You Save Money & Get Out of Debt 10 Podcasts That'll Help You Save Money & Get Out of Debt There are a lot of money-related podcasts out there, but these 10 are the best for helping you get out of debt and master your money. Read More . I also learned a lot about time management and discipline from these productivity podcasts Let's Talk Productivity: 7 Podcasts You Should Listen To For Working Awesomely Let's Talk Productivity: 7 Podcasts You Should Listen To For Working Awesomely Let us talk about productivity -- or let these seven life hackers talk about the little things we can do to work awesomely. Plug in...sit back...and listen. Read More . And when I’m bored, I love listening to these brain science podcasts Train Your Brain with 10 Fantastic Neuroscience Podcasts Train Your Brain with 10 Fantastic Neuroscience Podcasts These fantastic podcasts offer clear and clever discussions on neuroscience that everyone can understand. Learn how your brain works and get actionable tips for a better life. Read More .

And because most podcast apps can download podcasts for offline listening, this is a great way to kill boredom on long commutes, when waiting for an appointment, or even while doing chores.

4. Read Comics or Ebooks

Maybe you don’t realize it, but there are several ways to read comics online for free — and we aren’t just talking about amateur webcomics that are made freely available, though you should check them out as well if you can. You can seriously read comics from DC, Marvel, Vertigo, etc. without paying!

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I also recommend reading ebooks. There are a handful of awesome sites to download free ebooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks If you're a voracious reader, buying ebook after ebook can burn a huge hole in your wallet. Thankfully, there are plenty of websites offering free ebooks, and these are the best. Read More , with titles ranging from classical antiquity to modern-day genre fiction. You can get hours of entertainment value from a single ebook, and you can carry thousands of them with you at all times anywhere you go.

By the way, even if you love paper books, we think you should buy a Kindle Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books In just one week I've been convinced that the Kindle is the future of reading. The Kindle offers everything you love about books, but with a few added extras that justify the whole expense. Read More . Can’t afford a Kindle right now? That’s fine. You can get by with the free Kindle app for mobile devices Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Just about everyone owns an e-reader these days -- and most people own Kindles. But do you really need a Kindle when you can just use the Kindle app? Let's find out... Read More . But the specially-designed screen of a Kindle is better for your eyes and more comfortable to read, so consider getting one ASAP. (Which Kindle is right for you? How to Choose the Right Kindle for You in 2016 How to Choose the Right Kindle for You in 2016 There are currently four different Kindle e-Readers available to buy, from the budget Basic model to the pricey Oasis. But which one is right for you? Let us help you decide... Read More )

5. Learn a Hobby or Skill

Perhaps the most productive thing you can do when you bored is pick up a new hobby. Given the direction of the internet in recent years, you can even learn multiple hobbies and combine them into a source of income (e.g. your own YouTube videos, podcasts, mobile apps, stock photos, etc).

Or you can forget about the money and focus purely on happiness — yes, there have been studies that show how creative hobbies can actually make you happier 5 Creative Hobbies That Will Make You a Happier Person 5 Creative Hobbies That Will Make You a Happier Person A proper creative outlet can work wonders for your mental health and overall happiness. Here are a few creative hobbies that are proven to help in this way. Read More . Some good ones to pursue include writing, drawing, gardening, and photography (in fact, everyone should learn photography 7 Ways Photography Can Improve Your Life Today 7 Ways Photography Can Improve Your Life Today Why learn photography? In short, because it can increase the quality of your life in so many ways. Here's how. Read More ).

If you aren’t interested in traditionally “creative” hobbies, consider one of these geeky DIY hobbies instead 17 Geeky DIY Hobbies You Can Learn in a Small Space 17 Geeky DIY Hobbies You Can Learn in a Small Space Hobbies are important for a well-rounded life, but many DIY hobbies require a lot of room for machines or materials. Here are some great options if you don't have much space to spare. Read More . There are software-centric ones, like game development 5 Free Game Development Software Tools to Make Your Own Games 5 Free Game Development Software Tools to Make Your Own Games Thanks to these awesome free game development software tools, a game that might've required one year can now be made in six months or faster, sometimes without any code! Read More and general app development The 17 Best YouTube Programming Tutorials The 17 Best YouTube Programming Tutorials In this post, we'd like to point you to some of the best YouTube programming series we've found. All of these are sufficient for getting your feet wet as a newbie programmer. Read More , and then there are more hardware-focused ones, like woodworking Beginner's Woodworking: 5 Skills You Need to Know Beginner's Woodworking: 5 Skills You Need to Know Many people shy away from woodworking projects simply because they haven't done it before. Here's a rundown of the 5 most important woodworking skills to help you get started. Read More or Arduino projects So You Just Bought an Arduino Starter Kit. What Now? So You Just Bought an Arduino Starter Kit. What Now? So you just bought your first Arduino starter kit -- or you're planning on buying one soon -- but you don't know where to begin? Don't worry! Read More .

6. Start a Journal or Blog

Journaling is a time-tested activity that’s been proven to have several mental and psychological benefits How To Be Happy In Five Minutes A Day How To Be Happy In Five Minutes A Day Psychology has started to shed light on how to make yourself happier. New products and apps are using these findings. One of these promises to make you happier in just five minutes a day. Read More . The only difference now is where we keep our journals and how we keep them — rather than physical notebooks, we can now use apps (like OneNote or Evernote Evernote vs. OneNote: Which Note-Taking App Is Right for You? Evernote vs. OneNote: Which Note-Taking App Is Right for You? Evernote and OneNote are amazing note-taking apps. It's hard to pick between the two. We compared everything from interface to note organization to help you choose. What works best for you? Read More ) or even keep our entries online in the form of a blog.

This is something I highly recommend. Not sure where to begin? Go with this 30-day digital journaling challenge Start A Digital Journaling Habit With A 30-Day Challenge Start A Digital Journaling Habit With A 30-Day Challenge One useful path to personal self-improvement is through keeping a journal. But this approach requires journal writing to become a habit. A journaling challenge could be the push you need to just begin. Read More . It doesn’t really matter what you write as long as you take it seriously and truly record your thoughts. Keep it up for the full month and it’ll turn into a habit. Maintain for several months and you’ll notice the benefits, slowly but surely.

7. Build a Wish List

I hesitate to recommend this activity because it can quickly get out of hand, but as long as you have the necessary discipline, it can be fun and prevent you from wasting money.

Basically, think of it as “window shopping” (or “eye shopping”) on Amazon. Think about things you’re interested in buying, browse through Amazon’s listings, and spend a whole bunch of time researching each potential product. When you come across one that you think you’d be happy buying, click “Add to Cart” and then go into your cart and click “Save for Later.”

Your Saved for Later list now acts as your wish list. Here’s the key: you can’t buy anything unless it’s been on your wish list for at least a month. If a month goes by and you still want it, then there’s a good chance you won’t suffer from buyer’s remorse. This is an amazing technique if you tend to be an impulsive online shopper.

What you’ll probably find is that the act of shopping is more exciting than actually buying, so when you’re bored, consider shopping without buying. It’ll kill time like you wouldn’t believe.

8. Explore Reddit

When all else fails, head over to Reddit: the greatest time-wasting site in existence.

Never heard of it? Reddit is essentially a hub for thousands of different user-made communities. Each community (called “subreddits”) can focus on any topic or idea, and all users can create as many new subreddits as they want at any time. Start with these creepy subreddits 5 Freaky Subreddits That Will Keep You Up At Night 5 Freaky Subreddits That Will Keep You Up At Night I think I'm an insomniac – I stay up all the time, leaving sleep at the very bottom of my priority list. I understand that it isn't healthy, and truth be told, I'm working on... Read More , these bizarre subreddits Random Reddit: 10 Bizarre Subreddits You Need To Explore [Weird & Wonderful Web] Random Reddit: 10 Bizarre Subreddits You Need To Explore [Weird & Wonderful Web] You don't love Reddit? You should, because it's an awesome resource for content of every possible description. If you don't believe me then read on to discover the stranger side of Reddit. Read More , and these discussion-based subreddits The Most Sociable Subreddits and How to Find Them The Most Sociable Subreddits and How to Find Them Read More .

Whatever you do, just make sure you install the Reddit Enhancement Suite extension 10 Reasons Why You Need the Reddit Enhancement Suite 10 Reasons Why You Need the Reddit Enhancement Suite The Reddit Enhancement Suite is available on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. Think you can live without it? Here are some of the most game-changing features that will convince you to install it pronto. Read More for your web browser. Reddit’s primitive interface can be a pain to navigate without it. In addition, check out these tips for using Reddit productively How To Use Reddit Productively. Yes, You Read That Correctly. How To Use Reddit Productively. Yes, You Read That Correctly. Reddit’s just a huge timesink? Wrong. It’s an endless supply of relevant information, if you know where to look. Here’s how to use Reddit more productively. Read More .

How Do You Chase Away Boredom?

Obviously I’ve only just scratched the surface of the internet. There’s so much more you can do, like check into social networks, write reviews for products and businesses, watch gaming streams on Twitch, chat on IRC or Slack, catch up on news, etc. But these are all great starting points.

What are your favorite sites to check every day? How else do you pass the time when you’re bored on the internet? Let us know in a comment down below!

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  1. adam
    August 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    im 15 and this makes yo more bored please update

  2. adam
    August 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Im sorry but im 15 and these things would make me even more bored

  3. Ashton
    July 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    You grow up, and then you miss the boredom.