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by Maz Serena Rockers (subscribe)
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Published November 8th 2011

The internet is a great place, especially when it comes to wasting time. Many of us like going out on the weekends, yet we don't always do that. There are various reasons for this, such as money, general laziness and even study or glorified procrastination, as some students like to refer to it as.

WeekendNotes is a great timewaster but the difference between this site and the ones to be discussed in this piece is that here - there are actually very useful ideas, recipes and other types of articles. So what website do you guys think is the best timewaster?

Personally, I love Twitter. A dynamic website with ever-changing trends and millions of people to interact with, the objective is to post Tweets of no longer than 140 characters each. As you progress, you gain followers. You also follow other people, ones whose tweets you more than likely enjoy reading. I love Twitter for the fact that it can be as anonymous as you want. Also, if you're sensitive and are easily affected by the news, you can follow news channels and only see the headline of the story. If you don't want to read it, don't click it and you don't have to. You can still have a rough idea of what's going on in the world without tormenting yourself. If you like a more personalised experience without strangers "following" you, you can always opt for Facebook.

Many of us are incessant Facebook addicts. Facebook can be a useful tool for remembering peoples' birthdays when you otherwise wouldn't, lazy event organisation and even social interaction for the people you just don't make or get enough time to see. As with Twitter, you can update your "status", except there are more advanced privacy settings and more flexible photo options. On Facebook, your profile is more comprehensive. Some people use this site to date, others for business purposes. I love seeing the little new notification icon. Each to their own, I guess.

You can't say you've read it til you've been on Reddit. A completely addictive site complete with anecdotes and serious contents covering a variety of topics full of your input, many of my friends spend hours here and try to reel me in by linking me hilariously addictive content. Although addictive, it's obviously not as personal as having your own blog.

After having had many different "brands" of blogs such as a LiveJournal, Blogger and even a WordPress, I've recently been the most into Tumblr because you can post just about anything on there. It's not even specifically a blog site, some bands and indie shows update their contents directly on there. Online versions of magazines are even updated on Tumblr. I love the "re-blog" feature more than anything.

If Tweeting, Facebooking, being a Redditor or even Tumbling isn't your thing, what in your mind is the best leisure tool on the internet? Perhaps you're more artistic and prefer something like DeviantArt. Or maybe you're not into any of that silly social media at all and just prefer to keep an eye on your stocks online. Of course, this would be no internet leisure article if there was no mention of YouTube, which by the way is often a wonderful educational resource. What online gem have you discovered, that is almost purely for the purpose of procrastination?
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Every now and then I get addicted to FB Scrabble - so much so that I can no longer play properly on a real board (I hate that the tiles don't line themselves up precisely, very OCD). I can also while away a good few hours reading funny blogs - David Thorne cracks me up every time.
by Michaelie Clark (score: 2|951) 3329 days ago
Pinterest - once I'm on there I don't seem to be able to leave. Excellent for procrasination while convincing myself I'm conducting research. Wonderfully inspiring!
by Mumma Bear (score: 1|13) 3119 days ago
Stumbleupon. You will never get bored. It's amazing
by blowi (score: 0|2) 3355 days ago
The aptly named 'I Waste So Much Time'
by Jacky Bailey (score: 2|215) 3350 days ago
ONline scrabble via facebook
by judit (score: 0|2) 3355 days ago
Pinterest. As addictive as Facebook but without feeling like a stalker and with the added bonus of making you feel productive! Can't stop pinning..
by m_h_h (score: 0|2) 3354 days ago
I spend hours browsing dream houses - and also check out sassy bedroom advice from Dan Savage in the AV Club section of The Onion website.
by Victoria Button (score: 1|74) 3354 days ago
TED talks ... procrastinate and learn at the same time :-)
by donna138 (score: 1|14) 3352 days ago
I can (and do) spend hours looking at all of the weird and wonderful things to buy on eBay. I am going to do all of my Christmas shopping online this year so eBay will both save me time (in shopping centre car parks) but also cost me time (browsing unusual nick nacks)
by 2kwh1 (score: 0|2) 3351 days ago

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