Social Media vs. Boredom: Never Waste Your Time Again
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Even though there are so many things available to us through just our fingertips these days, it’s only human nature for us to get bored. Fortunately, we have social network sites that allow us to broadcast our boredom to our friends and family, or even remedy the problem.

But where do we even start? There are many popular social networking sites, such as Twitter How to Use Twitter How to Use Twitter Twitter can be overwhelming at first, but we're here to help you make sense of it. Here's a complete guide to using Twitter and understanding how it works. Read More and Facebook The Complete Facebook Privacy Guide The Complete Facebook Privacy Guide Privacy on Facebook is a complex beast. Many important settings are hidden out of sight. Here's a complete look at every Facebook privacy setting you need to know about. Read More , and each one has their own set of things that you can do to entertain yourself or even become more productive. Thankfully, we’re here to help.

Facebook

When you think of social networking these days, the first thing that may pop up in your head is definitely Facebook. After all, Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest people in the world, and he accomplished that by creating one of the biggest social network phenomena around.

However, with Facebook, you may think of it as just the place where your family and friends post random status updates or photos from their latest get-together. But it can be so much more than that, and even a great place to learn new things.

Join Groups

We all have various interests and hobbies, and chances are high that there’s a Facebook group for whatever it may be. You can look for groups just by typing in a key term in the Facebook search bar.

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With Groups, you can think of them as mini-communities within Facebook. People in a group can communicate with other members of the group through posted discussions and photos, share related content, and even organize events and activities. It may seem like just another thing that may clutter up your News Feed Folks, It's Time to Delete the Facebook News Feed Folks, It's Time to Delete the Facebook News Feed It's time to get rid of your News Feed. It's more a distraction than anything else. Here's how (and why) you can delete it. Read More , but Groups can be a valuable information resource, as well as another way to socialize with other like-minded individuals.

For example, when I got my Instant Pot How the Instant Pot Changed the Way I Cook How the Instant Pot Changed the Way I Cook What is the Instant Pot? And how can it change the way you cook? We share our experience with the amazing do-it-all kitchen tool. Read More , I found the official Instant Pot Community group (with over a million members) to be a great group for recipe sharing, tips, and tricks for my handy kitchen appliance. I’m also in another group for my car, and I’ve gotten ideas for improvements to make down the line, how to DIY certain things, and other discussions.

If you spend any time on Facebook, then joining some groups can be a productive way to pass the time.

Watch Facebook Video

When you don’t feel like being productive and just want to pass the time, then Facebook Watch is the answer. To access videos, just tap or click on the “Video” button in the tab bar or side menu.

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In Facebook Watch, it consolidates all of the videos from friends and pages you follow. This is a lot easier than trying to find them in the News Feed, because let’s face it, the Feed sucks and is a mess.

You’ll also find sections like Most Talked About, What’s Making People Laugh, Popular Now, and more. There’s even suggested videos based on your viewing history, so it’s like a rabbit hole effect.

There’s even some Facebook original content that’s only available on Facebook Watch. It may not be the highest quality entertainment out there, but when you’re bored, it’s interesting enough.

Check the Marketplace

When we’re bored, some of us like to shop. Facebook’s solution for that is the Marketplace. Think of it as Facebook’s own version of Craigslist 15 Ways You Can Use Craigslist to Make Money 15 Ways You Can Use Craigslist to Make Money Craigslist is a massive site with tons of opportunities for making money. Here are 15 of them, from totally sensible to borderline crazy. Read More , and you can do it all without ever leaving Facebook.

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As you browse the Marketplace, you can set the range for listings that you view, from two to 100 miles. Honestly, I like checking out whatever listings by default since I’m not looking for something in particular, but you can filter results by category and price. Item listings usually include at least one photo, and if you’re interested in something, you can click it to view more detail and contact the seller.

With a new year ahead of us, it may be time to get rid of junk you no longer need. Using Facebook Marketplace is a great way to do that. Facebook makes it easy to list an item for sale, so you can start going through your home and post things within minutes. Who doesn’t want to get some extra cash, am I right?

Instagram

Instagram 10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do On Instagram 10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do On Instagram While Instagram's main functions continue to be easy to access and use, there are several options, tools, and third-party apps that most of us don't even realize are out there! Read More , which is now owned by Facebook Facebook Privacy: 25 Things The Social Network Knows About You Facebook Privacy: 25 Things The Social Network Knows About You Facebook knows a surprising amount about us – information we willingly volunteer. From that information you can be slotted into a demographic, your "likes" recorded and relationships monitored. Here are 25 things Facebook knows about... Read More , is the social network for photographers.

While you can always post your own photos (our guide to creating the perfect Instagram profile How to Make the Perfect Instagram Profile How to Make the Perfect Instagram Profile Want to create an Instagram profile that stands out and gets lots of followers and likes? Follow these simple steps to start killing it on Instagram! Read More ), you may end up spending more time browsing than posting. After all, Instagram is a great place to find inspiration for your own future creative photos.

However, ever since Facebook bought it and changed the algorithm so that posts are no longer in chronological order, it can be a mess to go through. You may find yourself seeing posts from friends that you’ve missed from a few days ago, and then there are the sponsored ads. Boredom may occur. Fortunately, there’s plenty to see on Instagram.

See Your Friends Stories

Instagram likes to constantly remind you that it has the Stories feature How to Use Instagram Stories Effectively: Basics, Tips, and Tricks How to Use Instagram Stories Effectively: Basics, Tips, and Tricks Instagram Stories is the photo-sharing giant's take on Snapchat. The purpose is to add a new layer of fun to your images and videos. Here's everything you need to know. Read More because it’s a persistent ribbon at the top of your Instagram feed. While you certainly don’t have to make your own Stories (though we have some tricks you should know about 8 Tricks for Instagram Stories You Definitely Didn't Know About 8 Tricks for Instagram Stories You Definitely Didn't Know About Let's have a look at the not-so-obvious features of Instagram Stories you can use to level up your story game. Read More ), it may be worth checking your friends’ Stories.

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The ribbon at the top shows you which friends have posted a Story recently. Since Stories are only available for 24 hours, the ribbon shows you their Stories in chronological order from newest to oldest. Just tap on the one you want to look at, and then it will start going through all of the moments in the story before moving on to the next one.

Sometimes you’ll follow accounts that are starting a live stream. If you happen to catch them when they broadcast, live streams also show up in the Stories ribbon but have a “Live” tag. Watching these helps remedy the boredom issue.

Use the Explore Tab

As you’re on Instagram, you’ll probably end up liking many posts that you see in the timeline. Instagram uses this information to personalize the Explore tab for your tastes.

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In Explore, Instagram shows you a Stories ribbon of top live streams and Stories based on your locations and interests. You’ll also see an assortment of images and videos that Instagram thinks you may like, and scrolling through is like a bottomless pit, as it loads indefinitely as you get to the bottom. When you’re bored, it’ll be easy to lose yourself here for a while.

Instagram also allows you to search in the Explore section as well. With the search bar, you can search by people, tags, and places. After you use the search feature, the “Top” section remains populated with both suggested and recent searches, letting you know if there’s anything new. When you search for tags, you can follow them specifically, which is nice when you’re looking for certain images or themes.

Snapchat

While Snapchat’s incredibly popular with the teens 7 Reasons Snapchat is a Teenager's Favourite Social Network 7 Reasons Snapchat is a Teenager's Favourite Social Network The latest craze amongst the adults of the future is the secretive photo-sharing service Snapchat. Why do they love it? Read More , that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy it too. In fact, it’s a fun network for anyone to be on who enjoys sharing their daily lives with others, and we even have some tips for new users New to Snapchat? These 10 Tips and Tricks Will Help You Out New to Snapchat? These 10 Tips and Tricks Will Help You Out Snapchat has a ton of features that you probably don't know about. These are great for beginners and experts alike! Read More , along with some tricks you may not have known about 9 Snapchat Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know About 9 Snapchat Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know About Snapchat is a really powerful app, yet you’re probably still unaware of half of what it does. Most adults don’t realize Snapchat art, geofilters and captions are even a thing. Read More .

But if you’re bored, you may not have anything interesting at the moment to share with your Snapchat friends. Fortunately, Snapchat can still entertain without requiring your participation.

Discover New Content

Snapchat is actually full of great video content that you may not be aware of. To get to this content, just swipe to the left from the camera view, or tap Stories.

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Your friends’ recent updates show up here as well, but underneath will be all of the Publisher Stories and Shows, along with Our Stories, created by the Snapchat team themselves. You can browse by Featured, Shows, Our Stories, or Daily Stories in Netflix-like ribbons.

Another option is to swipe left once more for Discover, which gathers up all of these video clips into a more magazine-style interface.

When you find a Story that you want to watch, just tap on it. If the publisher used multiple clips to create it, you can tap on the screen to navigate through them.

Step Up Your Selfie Game

If you’re on Snapchat, you probably care about selfies and aren’t there just to watch other videos. Even if you’re bored and have nothing else to do, trying to capture your next perfect selfie is one way to stay busy.

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The best part about Snapchat is that the selection of filters and lenses changes daily The Full Snapchat Filters List and the Best Ones to Use The Full Snapchat Filters List and the Best Ones to Use If you want to pick the best Snapchat filter for your photos, you should know what options are out there -- and we've got you covered. Read More . That means something new every day, and a lot of Snapchat’s augmented face lenses are downright wacky. When you’re bored, taking selfies just comes naturally with the territory, and Snapchat makes it unique and interesting.

It’s also worth noting that there are hidden Snapchat filters How to Unlock Hidden Snapchat Filters How to Unlock Hidden Snapchat Filters Snapchat has secret filters and lenses that you must unlock before they're accessible, and even then, they're only available for a limited time. Read More too, so keep an eye out for those.

Twitter

When Twitter originally started in 2006, it was that social network where people posted pointless status updates. You know, the ones where you tell the world about that sandwich that you just ate for lunch.

Flash forward more than 10 years, and Twitter has evolved into something a bit different than its beginnings. Crafting the perfect tweet Do You Know How to Create the Perfect Twitter Post? Do You Know How to Create the Perfect Twitter Post? Almost everyone knows how to use Twitter. But what if you're trying to kickstart a new Twitter account? What if you're trying to break into a new field and need to meet some like-minded folk? Read More is an art in itself, and now it’s probably one of the first places online where news breaks The Absolute Best Ways To Follow The News On Twitter The Absolute Best Ways To Follow The News On Twitter Twitter is the coolest, most user-friendly way to keep up with the news of the world, yet sometimes we still over-complicate it. With all of the different accounts and followers and feeds flying around, it... Read More .

There are plenty of interesting 20 Essential Twitter Accounts You Need To Follow 20 Essential Twitter Accounts You Need To Follow Twitter is only as good as the people you follow. Literally. Thankfully, there are at least 20 essential Twitter accounts everybody should follow. Read on to find out what they are. Read More and popular Top 10 Most Popular Accounts on Twitter: Should You Follow Them Too? Top 10 Most Popular Accounts on Twitter: Should You Follow Them Too? Ever wondered who the most popular users on Twitter are? Let's see what Twitter accounts are the top 10 most popular, and whether you should follow them. Read More people to follow on Twitter, but what if that’s not enough? Boredom can strike anywhere, anytime, even on a microblogging network.

Check Out Twitter Moments

If you use the Twitter website or official apps, then you’ll have access to Twitter Moments. With Moments, users get curated stories that showcase what’s happening on Twitter right now. Think of it as getting the news from Twitter, without having to follow individual news accounts.

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When you view Moments, by default you end up in the “Today” section. This highlights the popular moments from the day and is a great way to get caught up on the things that everyone’s talking about. If you’re bored, then a peek here’s guaranteed to kill some time while learning something new.

If you’re more interested in checking out what’s hot in specific topics, there’s “News,” “Sports,” “Entertainment,” and “Fun.” Just diving into these sections is like a rabbit hole, so get ready to discover something new, useful, trivial, or pointless, depending on your perspective.

Other users (relatively few are from Twitter themselves) create Moments, but need high engagement to show up on the front page for everyone to see. The Moments displayed are also constantly changing, so if you’re still bored, check again for new content.

For those who have more time available, you can even make your own Moments Use Twitter Moments to Curate Great Stories in Tweets Use Twitter Moments to Curate Great Stories in Tweets With Twitter Moments you can do tell your story exactly as you wish: creating a slideshow of tweets that tell a story that you want to share. Read More . Just give it a title, description, and add in your own images, videos, and tweets. For tweets, you can throw in tweets you’ve already liked, or add by account, search, or adding a link.

Reddit

You may or may not have heard of Reddit (our complete guide The Awesome Guide To Reddit The Awesome Guide To Reddit Wonder how your friends always find cool stuff on the Internet before you? They're probably using Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet". Read More ), which describes itself as “a source for what’s new and popular on the web.” Essentially, Reddit boils down to being a collection of links on the internet, and one of the best ways to find interesting content.

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If you’re bored, then Reddit is one of the best places on the web that you can go to. There’s plenty to see and do here, but let’s break it down.

Find Subreddits

As you know now, Reddit is a giant collection of links and media. The front page of Reddit shows what’s trending from the more popular Subreddits, such as r/funny and r/news. But the real fun with Reddit are the sub-communities that it consists of, also known as subreddits.

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Think of subreddits as forums centered around a specific topic. In a way, it’s similar to Facebook Groups that were previously mentioned. These are communities of individuals who have a common interest and share things that they think others would enjoy, as well as join in discussions with one another.

Anyone can sign up for a Reddit account and submit a post, but you’ll need to submit it to a specific subreddit first. No matter what interests or hobbies you have, chances are there’s a Subreddit for it. Each community has their own set of guidelines and rules for new submissions and comments, so make sure to check them before you post.

Once you find some subreddits that match your needs, it’s easy to become absorbed into them and browse for hours.

Subreddits to Check Out

If you need some ideas on subreddits, here are some of my favorites:

Hopefully, those have given you a good start on thinking about the Subreddits you’d want to check out and subscribe to. We also found some of the kindest communities on Reddit The Kindest Communities on Reddit The Kindest Communities on Reddit There are a lot of really great people on Reddit – here's where you can find them. Read More too, in case you just want some positivity in your life.

Get Randomized

Whether you’ve already subscribed to some subreddits or not, Reddit’s Random feature is a fun way to discover something new.

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With Random, Reddit will randomly pick a subreddit for you. These random picks may lead to something weird, interesting, amusing, entertaining, or even educational — you just never know. If you don’t mind the element of surprise, then Random is a great way to get rid of boredom.

If you’re part of some subreddits but don’t know which one to visit, you can also use MyRandom. This option randomly picks one of the subreddits you’re subscribed to and takes you there. It’s a good way to rediscover a community that you may not have visited in a while.

Still Bored?

Boredom can be a curse for some, but thanks to social networking sites, it can be easily remedied. One may think that there’s nothing left to do on these networks besides the usual, but there’s a ton of options out there, especially if you want to learn or discover something new.

What are your favorite things to do on social networks when you’re bored? Have any other boredom-killing tips for others? Let us know in the comments!

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