Bored The possibilities of things you can do are endless when it comes to the Internet. There should be no reason to be bored. Below is a full list of our top suggestions of things to do on the Internet.
Learning and research
The Internet contains an endless supply of information, answer questions, learn more about something you enjoy, or learn something new. Using any popular search engine, you can find anything or use one of the following links.
- Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and Encyclopedia of Life are great examples of community-driven wikis that have a wealth of information generated by contributors.
- E-books – Hundreds of thousands of books have been scanned and available on the Internet. Visit this page to see a list of sites of where you can find free e-books.
- Academic Earth and Khan Academy have thousands of online lectures that can be watched on many different topics.
Multimedia – Music, radio, podcasts, videos, vlogs, and webcam
With more users using broadband, multimedia websites are becoming a popular destination. Although modem users can do almost all of the below suggestions, these may not be as enjoyable with a slow connection. Below is our favorite multimedia related pages on the Internet.
Videos are also now becoming a great source of entertainment on the Internet. Below are a few locations where you can watch videos of all types.
- Google video, YouTube, and Vimeo are a great starting points for posting and viewing videos online.
- If you want to watch inspiring and educational videos, we highly recommend starting at TED.
- Watch TV shows and movies on the Internet – Full listing of sites to watch TV shows, movies, and other related videos on the Internet.
- Sites like eBaum’s World, Motherboard.tv, and VideoSift are other great places with communities of users who find and vote on the best videos.
- Do you enjoy playing or watching computer games? Sites like Twitch allows you to watch and interact with millions of other people playing computer games.
- Homestarrunner – A funny and often witty site that contains a collection of short animated comedy clips.
Online webcams allow you to peer into almost any other part of the world. There are millions of online webcams around the world and many sites that allow users to communicate via webcam.
- EarthCam – Our favorite and in our opinion, the best place to find live webcams from around the world.
Images and Art
- Flickr – By far, one of the most used and respected image sites on the Internet that allows everyone to upload, share, and view pictures of almost everything.
- DeviantArt – A fantastic page that contains an extensive collection of community uploaded art and pictures.
Radio or streaming audio
Internet radio and streaming audio is another fantastic service for broadband users. Today, many audio player programs, such as Microsoft Windows Media Player, Winamp, and the iTunes player, include a radio function. Opening these programs allows you to play radio stations for nearly any music type you can imagine. There are other options as well, including streams of radio stations in your local area. Below is a short listing of some of these sites.
- Pandora – A fantastic service that allows you to specify a song or artist you like and then generate a live radio station based on the songs you enjoy.
- Slacker, Radio-locator, and Live365 are all fantastic sites that allow you to find radio stations and top streaming music.
- Last.fm – Yet another fantastic site for finding more about music artists, listening to radio stations, finding related artists, etc.
Find and purchase music
With the introduction of MP3 files, downloadable music is another very popular thing to do on the Internet. Below is a shortlist of some of the services that allow users to download music from thousands of different artists legally.
- Amazon MP3, iTunes, and Napster are all great music services to browse, purchase, and legally download music.
There are many different pages to find the lyrics to any of your favorite songs. Try Lyrics.com to find your favorite song lyrics.
Podcasts and talk radio
Internet podcasts and talk radio shows are radio broadcasts where one or more people talk about something they enjoy, news, a service, etc. See our podcast page for a selection of computer-related podcasts.
A vlog, or video log, is similar to a blog, except it is a video. See the vlogging definition for additional information about this term and vlog services.
TV and movie research
One of the most interesting and informative locations on the Internet for movie information such as cast names, directors, year made, awards, etc. is IMDb (short for Internet movie database). Want to browse through movie posters back to 1913, try IMP Awards. How about getting the full script of movies? Try IMSDb.
Games and entertainment
Online games are another popular Internet activity enjoyed by people of all ages. Many online games are played by visiting a website. Below is a listing of some of these sites.
- Steam is an online digital distribution platform where users can download free and low-cost games to a computer.
- MSN Games, Miniclip, Pogo, iWin, Shockwave, and Newgrounds are all great pages containing thousands of free online games for users of all ages. These games are often done in Flash, Shockwave, or Java and can be played through your browser without having to download and install the game.
- Second Life – A fascinating online world that you can connect to freely, where hundreds of thousands of other real people have created a place to live, shops, clothing, worlds, and more.
- FreeSlots – A free and somewhat addicting site that has many different online play slot machines.
- Penny-arcade, Dilbert and xkcd are a few of the thousands of different available comics online.
- Google Fight – Another fun site that allows you to enter any two words or phrases to fight against each other. The winner is decided by the most results returned by Google.
There are thousands of additional online game sites. Searching for “online games” or “flash games” return an almost endless supply of games. Also, see this popular forum post on our site for other free downloadable games.