The internet is a place filled with endless opportunities for frivolous fun. In fact, for many of us, it’s hard to imagine a time when we weren’t able to lose ourselves down the rabbit hole of cute cat videos and multipage listicles. But there’s so much more to the internet than the latest viral social media trend. For instance, there are places on the internet where you can create abstract artwork on the fly and unleash your inner Picasso. Or if that’s not your speed, maybe you’d like to play classic arcade games and revisit a time where smartphones didn’t exist yet.
There's so much to explore beyond scrolling through your Instagram feed. Don't get me wrong, this is something I too have spent endless hours doing, but there is very little reward at the end of all that double tapping. So why not make your internet hours productive ones. If you’re bored out of your mind and are looking for something entertaining to do, consider the following 34 fun things to do on the internet.
Google yourself. Seriously. You never know what you’ll uncover about yourself. That is if you dare…
Take quizzes. Test your knowledge of Renaissance art, Roald Dahl books, or even the best Twilight Zone episodes. Which Spice Girl are you? What type of pizza best sums up your personality? We hate to admit it, but we can’t get enough of these absurd clickbait quizzes.
Try your luck at the penny auctions. Less like a real auction and more like a game show, a penny auction gives you the remote chance of winning expensive items for very little money. QuiBids and DealDash are among the more popular options available.
Tour a foreign country with Google Street View. Very few people realize just how cool Google Street View actually is. You can enter addresses or neighborhoods located in countries throughout the world and use your mouse to visually explore the streets, plazas, and more. For instance, did you know that if you enter “10 Downing Street,” you can actually tour the inside of London’s government headquarters? Give it a try.
Create your own memes. Whether you’re a lover of Grumpy Cat, Overly Attached Girlfriend, or Condescending Wonka, memes are undeniably amusing. Using simple meme generators like the Img Flip Meme Generator and Make a Meme, you can create hilarious or thought-provoking memes of your very own. You can even create memes of your friends and family.
Become a YouTube celebrity. If someone as bizarre as Poppy can do it, so can you. All you need is a camera phone and a free YouTube account to start sharing your thoughts with the whole world. If you attract enough followers, you may even be able to generate some revenue.
Rank things. Ranker.com is a fun site to explore when you just want to spend hours ranking the things that you love. Favorite ’80s cartoons? Favorite post-punk bands? Vote up the things that you love and leave everything else in your dust.
Plan the trip of your dreams. If your Google Street View tour inspires you to actually get out and see the world, you can use the internet to explore hotels, cruises, tours, and excursions—from Southern California to Northern Siberia. Even if you can’t actually take the trip right away, the planning process alone can be fun and exciting.
Read funny Amazon product reviews. Google it. You’ll thank us later.
Order food. When companies like Pizza Hut began using online ordering, the internet forever changed. Now dozens of major food chains—and a growing number of independent establishments—are making it possible to order food online. Give it a try.
Explore a new recipe. Are you tired of relying on the same spaghetti and meatballs recipe every week? The internet has billions of recipes to explore—from easy weeknight meals to classic French dishes. Expand your culinary horizons.
Create beautiful art on silk. Do you love art? Do you have the artistic abilities of a hamster? Don’t feel ashamed; get creative. Sites like Silk allow anyone to create eye-catching art.
Learn all about your family history. Sites like Ancestry allow you to learn a great deal about your family history. If you can’t afford the premium services, you can still learn a great deal for free thanks to sites like Family Search.
Get ordained. Who needs seminary school when you can get ordained to officiate marriages online? Sites like Open Ministry and Universal Life Church allow you to cut through all of the doctrinal red tapes and earn the right to legally marry people. Even if you don’t actually marry anyone, it’s still a pretty cool thing to accomplish.
Learn a new skill. Learning is fun. Seriously. Sites like Lynda.com have easy-to-follow lessons covering everything from marketing to digital photography, and sites like Codeacademy can teach you how to write code like the pros for free. In fact, it’s safe to say that there are very few skills you can’t learn online.
Make new friends. Are you looking for something to do on Saturday night? Sites like Meetup allow you to connect with groups of people who have like-minded interests—whether that means hiking, movies, wine tasting, or even crocheting—and make new friends while painting the town red.
Watch TV or a movie. Maybe you don’t feel like going out this Saturday night. Maybe you’d rather binge-watch Game of Thrones or check out the latest Martin Scorsese film. Sites like Netflix and Hulu allow you to consume content to your heart’s content. You can even enjoy TV/movie sites like Crackle for free.
Find deals in your neighborhood. TV is great, but if you’d rather go out, you might want to hit up some popular coupon sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. By exploring these and other sites, you can find deep discounts on restaurants, amusement parks, hotels, spa treatments, and much more.
Find the love of your life. Once relegated to the fringes of cyberspace, online dating has become mainstream in recent years. If you keep an open mind and a positive attitude, you can have a lot of fun with it (and you might even meet The One). From Bumble to eHarmony to Match, the possibilities are virtually endless. If you’re more of a mobile or texting person, try a dating app.
Keep in touch with the friends you already have. Yeah, we realize that social media isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a mindless pastime that can connect you with friends from the past and present (and possibly even future), you may want to venture onto sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Start a blog. If you’d rather eschew the news of the day and share your own views on current affairs, style, cuisine, or almost any other topic, consider starting a blog. You don’t need any technical skills to get things rolling. Services like WordPress and Tumblr make it easy and free.
Go shopping. If you’re not interested in opening your own store, you can still shop at other people’s stores. Check out the latest styles, books, movies, trinkets, and so much more from the comfort of your computer.
Take a trip down the YouTube rabbit hole. Seriously. One minute you’re watching a video about how to cut a pineapple, then you’re watching an informative piece on the 10 most haunted castles in Lithuania. Thanks to the recommended videos on the sidebar of each video, you can explore for hours. YouTube really is quite the adventure.
Get involved with a cause. Whether you’re passionate about social justice, the economy, saving the whales, or any issue at all, the internet offers a cornucopia of sites where you can raise your voice, meet like-minded activists, and get fired up. Change.org is a great place to start.
Catch up on the news. Most news sites offer at least some free web access, so don’t shy away from the web when you’re looking to stay informed about what’s happening in the world around you.
Discover new music. If you’re tired of listening to the same Drake record on repeat, it’s time for some new recommendations. Sites like Spotify and Pandora allow you to input the music you already love and learn about new music that may be to your liking.
Explore life hacks. Have you ever wondered how to fold a fitted bed sheet or how to fit multiple bowls in a single microwave? There’s probably a hack for it. Google “life hacks” and prepare to have your mind blown.
Take surveys for cash. Yes, it’s really a thing. Sites like Opinion Outpost and Inbox Dollars allow you to make cash just for taking mindless surveys online. You won’t get rich, but you may earn enough money to finance your next trip to Starbucks.
Explore Craigslist Missed Connections. You’ll just have to trust us on this one. Some of the entries are so bizarre and hilarious that you’re guaranteed at least an hour or two of valuable entertainment.
Make some music. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you don’t have to be Mozart to create original music. Sites like Soundtrap make it possible for even the most novice creatives to compose and record original tracks.
Think you’ve done all there is to do on the internet? Now it’s time to plan your weekend activities.
This post was originally published on March 13, 2018, and has since been updated.