How to Spend Time on the Internet When You Are Bored

by braniac

Everyone has those times when they need to kill a couple minutes on the computer. Why not spend them semi-productively with these few simple suggestions?

Visit www.goodsearch.com. Make it your homepage. This search engine allows you to donate a penny to the charity of your choice every time you search for something. Best of all, nothing comes out of your pocket! All donations come from advertisements on the side of the page; advertisements you see anyways using Google. Over time, the donations add up, and you don't have to change your habits at all.

Visit webcomics for a daily chuckle. My personal favorite is www.xkcd.com, and the author of xkcd posts other writer's webcomics he enjoys at the bottom of the web page, so finding new comics is easy.

Expand your mind. Visit the "blogosphere" see what people are talking about on the internet. My favorites are www.nerdfighters.com and krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/ for economic news. There are thousands of blogs out there, but many are poorly written and uninteresting. Fortunately, once you find a blog you like, the author usually links to other quality blogs.

Make some money! There are tons of ways to make money on the internet. Don't quit your job, most ways take a significant amount of effort and payout very little. However, it can be a fun way to earn a few extra spending dollars if you enjoy what you are doing. Try starting your own blog and placing Google AdSense advertisements on it. You can record your thoughts on things you are passionate about. It is free to sign up, and you dont need any coding experience if you use tools like www.blogger.com. Alternatively, try eHow's Writer Compensation Program, where you get money for writing simple How-to articles. Again, sign-up is free and takes less than an hour.

Warning

  • close Don't get addicted to the internet! Remember that your offline life is more important than the internet. Read a book! Strengthen your relationships with your friends and significant other. The internet is a great tool, but it's not the whole world.

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