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How To Waste Time on the Internet

Ok, so my title is a bit tongue in cheek, obviously. We can’t be productive 24/7; we just are not built for it. We need to have a little diversion time.

I don’t care what you do for a living. I do music for a living, which is fun. But when you do it as much as I do, sometimes you don’t want to do it anymore. We are creatures of variety. You want a break from your routine, whatever that routine may be.

These days, the internet offers a huge variety of ways to unwind and have fun. You don’t have to get stuck on social media, which, let’s face it, is mostly boring and masturbatory in nature. There are many other better options.

Let’s start with the most obvious: online games. I’m not even going to hyperlink this paragraph because there are too many possible starting places. The most popular games online now are Starcraft 2 and League of Legends. These games have actually turned into esports and have 7-digit prize money for the world champions in some cases. But you also have first-person shooters, MMORPGs (which are immersive and I like them too much; I stay away from them because I’m worried about spending too much time on them). There are even dorky little online games that can be addictive and fun. Some games are free, but have a “coiner” dynamic to them, where you are almost obliged to pay money for game functionality if you want to really compete in them. I’d avoid these. League of Legends, for example, is a game where it’s possible to play without spending a single dime on it. Other games have monthly subscriptions; this works well too.

One thing I like to do sometimes may be a little unconventional. I like to try to challenge myself to learn as much as I can of a new language for free using just the internet. I say “just the internet”, but of course the internet is vast and massive! You’d be surprised how much content is up there for free, especially for something like learning a new language. I’ve taught myself two languages this way.

And of course, we have online casinos. This doesn’t have to be a life-ruining addiction either. The overwhelming majority of these have the option to play for free as much as you want. So you can hone your blackjack skills, for example, from your own home without having to risk anything but your time. And of course we have to include online betting.  A good list of online betting sites can be found here at betting-sites.org.uk.

If you have any other ideas for online diversion, especially unconventional ones, please feel free to leave a comment. Comments are always welcome.

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