Need new time-wasting websites? You came to the right place.
It’s almost 2019. There’s plenty of great websites that’ll keep you scrolling. We’re not talking the usual suspects – Instagram, Twitter, Netflix, etc. We’re sharing sites that grab hold of your attention and won’t let go.
So here’s a list of 40 addictive websites to waste the day away.
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This is my personal favorite time-wasting website. Reddit is the front page of the internet. Technically, it’s a social news aggregation site, ranging from branded media to original content.
There’s a million subreddits and growing. And each one dedicated to a particular niche topic. Whatever you're a fan of, you’ll find like-minded people there. Here’s some of the top subreddits to get you started.
Pronounced image-er. It’s one of the largest image sharing sites on the web.
4) Life Hacker
Old, but gold. Life Hacker gives life tips.
It’s sites like this that make me love the internet. 100,000 stars takes you through a tour of our galaxy. Starting at the Sun, you’ll explore the far reaches of the galaxy with plenty of interesting factoids in-between.
Scrolling through a list of conspiracy theories is as fun as it sounds like. Until you read one that starts to make a little too much sense. Try for yourself.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this. It’s one of the longest running podcasts. Created by WBEZ Chicago, This American Life shares stories that constantly engage – and often bring a tear to your eye. Here’s on of the best episodes to get you started.
Episode Summary: A small town production of Peter Pan goes horribly wrong, and even the police get involved.
Go back to a simpler time. A time where websites weren’t mobile-friendly and every site looked different. The Wayback machine lets you see what the web looked like in the past. Check out Amazon’s 1999 website – you’ll barely recognize it.
8) Wiki How
Answers to almost any “how do I…” questions.
A Pokémon battle simulator.
10) Music Theory
Simple concept, hard topic: Music theory. Learn it here.
11) Bored Panda
We share a good bit of Bored Panda content. It houses fun articles and is heavily skewed towards art, design and illustration-type posts. Users can submit anything they want, so if you’re also looking for a place to share your art, Bored Panda might be for you.
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13) Big Think
Get ideas and insights from some of the world’s most successful people.
Want to learn without going back to the classroom? The Smithsonian shares history and technology stories without the stuffy language. It’s edutainment in the best way.
15) Flash by Night
Remember when flash was the thing? Relive the glory days with tons of flash games.
16) Think Geek
Shopping site with pop-culture toys, gifts and all sorts of good stuff.
The Office nailed awkward office comedy. This website serves up every uncomfortable moment where The Office characters stare at the camera.
Just type an emotion into the site (like "surprised") and you'll get the perfect reaction gif.
Here’s another listical-heavy site for humorous content. It’s not what is once was, but there’s still some great content that’ll make you chuckle.
19) Unplug the TV
When you want to watch something, and don’t know what to pick, try this. It shows a single video, usually educational, so you can learn one clip at a time. You don’t pick what you watch, but you do have the option to skip videos if they don’t suit your fancy.
Mix your own music.
The name says it all – this site wastes time. Unlike Cracked, there’s no long form articles, just memes.
Find the cow on the page. Hint: he’s invisible.
23) Rainy Mood
Make any day a rainy day.
It’s like Spotify, but focuses on lesser-know artists who produce great music. If you’re stuck in a musical rut, try this site out.
25) The Onion
The Onion has duped people for years. It’s the pioneer of satirical news coverage and is still the best (in this writers opinion). What’s really impressive is the number of jokes they cram into one piece of content.
Can’t get enough of The Onion? Check out r/AteTheOnion to see the funnest ways people thought The Onion was “real news”.
26) The Oatmeal
One of the better comic strip websites. Web comics can be hit-or-miss, but this is a reliable source for funny stories.
Watch people play video games.
28) Little Alchemy
This is a classic. Basically, you start with base elements – earth, fire, water, air. Combine them to make more advanced materials. Eventually, you’ll be creating complex things, like dinosaurs and magnets (how do those work?).
29) Mental Floss
Find facts, trivia and quizzes on “the encyclopedia of everything”. You’ll see anything from science to tech and pop culture here, all in bite-sized chunks of content.
You know what this site is. Lets move on.
31) Honest Slogans
It’s like honest trailers, but for brand slogans, taglines and other advertising.
My only problem with Netflix? Too many choices. No matter how many “suggested titles” I scroll through, I always end up watching reruns of The Office.
MUBI removes the burden of choice. The website only hosts 30 movies at a time, with a single movie added and removed daily.
If you’re flush with cash, this site might change that. This site offers unique gifts ranging from $5 to $500,000. There’s some pretty cool products here, like:
Remember the whole, ‘black and blue or white and gold’ dress controversy? These optical illusions will leave you scratching your head.
Like this one - is it a duck? Or a rabbit?
35) This is Sand
Quite simply, a sand building game. It’s another flash-based site, but you can find your Zen by creating digital sand castles.
Have an odd story? Share is on ODDEE. The site keeps submitters anonymous.
And the web content is a collection of weird, odd and totally strange stories.
37) The Oregon Trail
Probably the best educational game, ever. Some of us played the Oregon Trail in school – and very few made it to the end.
38) The Tone Matrix
Make your own music – just click some squares and hear what happens.
39) The Kanye Zone
Don’t let Kanye into his zone. Literally, that’s the goal – keep Kayne out of his zone, or you lose.
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