Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Bored? Here's 6 ways the Internet can undo that for you
At some random point in your day, when you actually have some free time to yourself, you're bored.
Don't know why you're bored, and you don't know how to undo this boredom.
Not in the mood to do anything, but desperate to do something.
Before the 21st century, this was quite troublesome, but then the internet started to get really good.
With the advent of smartphones and other portable smart devices (tablets etc.) , we have constant access to the internet. Not bad eh?
So if you're too lazy to even scour the vast ocean of data available on the internet when you're bored, there are some tools that can do it for you.
StumbleUpon is both a gift and a curse. It works as an extension for your browser. It's available for all major browsers; Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer, yes I just said it's available for IE. Will resist making an IE joke.
So what you do is go to their homepage, make an account, add whatever interests you like, ranging from Music, Video Games, Cooking, Technology, Sports, to even UFOs.
After that, go to their downloads page and download the relevent extension for your browser.
Then you'll see the Stumblebar pop up somewhere below your address bar like this
Then you're free to stumble to your heart's desire.
All you have to do is click stumble and it takes you to a web page that's in one of your interests. Don't like that one? Aww darn, guess it doesn't work :(
Just click Stumble again, silly. Different page, like magic.
So it's awesome right?
Think again, it starts with one stumble, then 6 hours later, and it's 4am and you think, 'where did the time go'.
2. Youtube random video generator
So you love YouTube, but you're tired of watching all your favourites, and can't seem to find new videos to your liking.
There's a solution for that.
www.youtuberandomvideo.com is a website that pulls random videos off of YouTube for you to watch. You can choose a specific category if you want, such as Music, or Gaming. You can even choose the maximum length of the video, if you're looking for short stuff, set it at 5 minutes.
Pretty straightforward to use, and not as addictive as StumbleUpon.
Like one of the videos and want to keep it? See my article on how to do that here.
3. I Am Bored
www.i-am-bored.com is a website that's full of links to random pictures, videos, games, in an attempt to unbored you.
They're sorted by categories such as Most Popular, Science, Games, Quizzes etc. Each one having thousands of links to various crevices of the internet.
Cracked.com is a comedy website that posts articles, which are basically lists of awesome things you probably didn't know.
Some examples are:-
'6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person'
'5 Ways You're Accidentally Making Everyone Hate You'
I suggest you start with the ridiculously hilarious Top 100 and go from there.
Note: Most of these quotes are quite crass, and not for the faint of heart.
If you actually got to the end of this list and you're still reading this then you must really be bored.
You need to click on one of those links ASAP.
Hope this article was helpful.