Bored? Here are some ways to burn time online

We all have those moments where we’re seated at the computer without an activity lined up. Maybe we’ve just finished up some work or just made a purchase at an online store. We stare blankly at the screen and ask ourselves, “What now? Should I go read a book? Should I do some cleaning around the house? Or should I toss myself down into the rabbit hole that is the Internet?”

Let’s be honest: most of us choose option three.

The Internet provides a nearly endless stream of interesting content and mindless distractions, and if you have time (and aren’t picky about how it’s spent), you too can find an activity to engage in online. We’ve highlighted a few ways you can burn time on the Internet below, but if we miss out on one of your favorites, you’re more than welcome to leave your suggestion as a comment.

StumbleUpon

Want to be sent to a random website on the Internet that another person has deemed interesting? StumbleUpon is the ticket. You can opt for a site totally out of left field, or be sent to a random place related to subject matter you’re interested in. And thanks to the way StumbleUpon works, the more a site is liked by other users, the more likely you are to be transported to it. So you’re bound to come across something fascinating, and it’ll only take you a few seconds of clicking the “Stumble” button to get there.

Wikipedia

You may have heard tales of those sucked in by Wikipedia. They go to the collaborative encyclopedia to research a single topic, but soon, they’re pulled into pages on other topics, and further and further down the rabbit hole they go. What started as a visit to the “potato” page becomes, hours later, a read through the biography of McDonald’s founder Ray Croc. Wikipedia’s internal links make it super easy to become distracted while reading another topic, so if you want to get lost on the Web for a few hours, Wikipedia isn’t a bad choice.

Gamble Online

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You could spend time online playing some games, but hey — time is money. Why not play something that has the prospect of making you a bit of dough? While online gambling isn’t exactly legal in the U.S., some provinces in Canada allow gaming through Live Casino Games. Take a stroll through an online casino, play a few hands of baccarat, and who knows — maybe you’ll win a little bit of cash. Or you could lose, and suddenly you’ll have the motivation needed to do something more productive.

About the author

— Shawn Farner

Shawn Farner is a Harrisburg-based tech blogger who has been involved in online media for over eight years. He covers consumer electronics, Web companies, and gaming.

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