Believe it or not, Steve Jobs was a fan of boredom. He believed it gave a person room to be creative. It worked well for him and it can work just as well for you. There are many random things you can do online during your “down time.”
The Secret Door
Although this door doesn’t open into a dark Hogwarts’ nook, it does take you to some equally unexpected places around the world. The idea of this site is simple: Open the secret door and let Google’s Street View transport you to an interesting place somewhere on the globe. You can think of it as a portal for virtual globetrotting.
Museum of Endangered Sounds
This site will provide you with a dose of serious nostalgia – like the sound of a dial-up modem or the dial of a rotary phone. It’s Brendan Chilcutt’s goal to use this site to preserve the signature sounds of old technologies.
I Need A Prompt
Make use Of says writers will enjoy the prompts on this site. They’ll make you think about unfamiliar situations.
NSA Haiku Generator
Another great site for writers is purely based on ingenuity as it manages to combine the NSA (sourced from a database of search terms used to red flag terrorist threats) and poetry into a working, automatic haiku generator. It’s a great way to stoke your wildest imagination with weird mashups of wonderful syllables.
Sketch Something Daily
A great way to zap boredom is to get creative and sketch something. The illustrations on this site will help you stifle your yawns and learn the basics of drawing. This is great for anyone who wants to draw well.
One Tiny Hand
This site promises to make you laugh as they’ve taken the time to Photoshop celebrities with one hand reduced in size.
Kinds of People
This humorous Tumblr blog will make you laugh. It contains simple illustrations showing that there are only two kinds of people in the world: those who have a sense of humor and those who don’t.
Turn on your speakers and your webcam then make a face at your computer. Stinkmoji uses a 3D emoji to mimic the faces you make at your camera. There’s even an Easter egg emoji when you open your mouth wide enough.
YouTube alone will keep you entertained for hours. One channel you’ll definitely want to check out while you’re there is the Gross Science channel. It’s filled with truly bizarre but scientific videos – like clothes made of slime and why your pee can change the world.
For those who can’t get enough scientific videos, check out Innovation Station. This website showcases the latest videos on innovation and futuristic technologies. It’s also a wonderful learning platform. Their mantra is, “We aim to inspire and educate by putting innovations and innovators in the spotlight.”
Weird or Confusing
This site will make you wonder about things like how unicorn meat tastes. It’ll also beam you into eBay’s crazy aisles where you’ll find everything imaginable for sale. Although this site sounds useless, it’s really not. You never know what you’ll find along your journey here.
This web toy is a great simulation project that was created by an animation studio based in London. It lets you play “God” or Victor Frankenstein – your choice. Once you’ve chosen you’ll get to manipulate the body’s different organs and see what happens when you do so. While some people think that this interactive sounds grotesque, it’s actually quiteinteresting: It gives you some insight into how Frankenstein may have experimented with modern web tools.
The Symphony of Blockchain
Blockchain and cryptocurrency are all the rage now. This website’s visuals will help you understand even the most complex of technologies like these. It’s an interactive, visual and auditory exploration of what blockchain is all about. You’ll find it wonderfully hypnotic – 3D Bitcoin blocks move and expand against the background of music. You can click on each of these blocks and they’llopen up to provide you with even more information.
The Passive Aggressive Password Machine
There’s no underrating a strong password’s value when it comes to keeping you safe in the cyber world today. The PaP Machine is a neat little side project that offers funny, but honest, feedback about a password’s strength.
Use Video Chatrooms
Synonym says video chatrooms will work to keep you entertained and engaged for a while too. There are actually many ways people of any age (from child to adult) can benefit here if you know how to stay safe while doing so. With a little bit of good online judgment and safe chatting etiquette you’ll know how to react appropriately while in a chatroom. Once there you’ll be able to enjoy many great benefits too, including:
- Building your confidence and self-esteem when you have a heartache or feel lonely: While this is only a band-aid solution, chatting and flirting with strangers will give you a boost of confidence when you need it the most. Even a stranger can put a smile on your face, which is why online dating is growing much more common in today’s world where we’re too busy to go out and meet someone.
- Meeting people with interests like your own: You’ll find hundreds of social networking sites that let you chat about specific things like your hobbies or interests. Here you’ll learn new information, techniques, perspectives and knowledge about your interests. You can even get advice or strategies from different people from around the world.
- Staying in touch with people who don’t live near you: In the past, you’d build up huge phone bills by calling someone and talking to them for hours on the phone. Today, you can chat with them online for free instead. This is a great way to maintain these relationships, regardless of how much physical distance exists between you.
- Meeting new people anonymously: You’re in the comforts of your own home which will make it easier for you to meet new people and strike up a conversation with a random stranger. This is great because you don’t have to share personal information like your location or even your how you look.
The best part of online chatting for some people is that you can quickly leave if the situation starts to feel uncomfortable or if you feel threatened.