“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time”- this universally celebrated quote by John Lennon, can be closely framed to understand and realise our tenacity towards internet.
Internet brings to us a virtual model of almost the entire world.
Every festival, be it the ‘La Tomatina’ of Spain to the ‘Snow & Ice festival’ observed in China- it provides us a platform to virtually be a part of any of them. Everyone has their own reason to stay connected with the web and is very much dependent on it day in and day out. The current generation is irrevocably hooked to the internet and use is as a necessary tool for survival.
So how can we make the best use of internet and not end up squandering two, three or even more hours without obtaining anything worth mentioning? How do we strike the right balance between our individual idiosyncratic browsing sessions and the generic cum rewarding ones?
Here, we look at some fruitful yet gratifying stuff to do on internet without compromising the fun of it:-
- The more you read:
No matter how voracious a reader you are, internet can never be enough for you. There are over thousands of websites than grant you the luxury to read and its free most of the time. Websites like Goodreads, Librarything, booklikes etc. presents you a platform to catalogue your favourite books, get book recommendations, read reviews which save you a lot of time in going from your place to a book store or seeking reviews from people.
There has also been an upsurge in the number of blogs and story-pick websites in the recent years that provide entertaining topics, countdowns, analysis regarding issues ranging from a new Apple product to reasons why ‘The lord of the rings’ is the greatest trilogy ever made.
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia is like the database of almost everything that’s worth knowing about with thoroughly researched and verified information and has always helped us during the time of our needs.
- Learning at fingertips:
Internet has often been branded as an online university- well, we won’t exaggerate however, the advantage of having so many online learning platforms offering various disciplines and courses with so many of them being free of cost or nominally priced, is worth mentioning.
Websites like Chalkstreet, Udemy, Lynda etc. are some of these online learning platforms which render courses ranging from foreign languages to Kick-boxing. Such platforms have served the current learning generation with a revolutionized way of learning coupled with the numerous other advantages that tags along.
- An alternate employer:
One of the most rewarding benefits internet vouchsafes us with is an opportunity to work as a part-timer, freelancer or even bridges a link in getting a full-time job.
Several websites like twenty19, internshala, letsintern etc. brings together various companies and start-ups and the internship and job-seeking common man on a single platform. These companies can post details about their requirement so the concerned layman can get in touch with them and go through the mandatory process to see whether he/she fits their bills or not.
We can even secure jobs through the number of job portals present on the internet like monster.com, naukri.com etc. as well as work as freelancers availing opportunities through websites like elance, freelance etc.
- Skill honing opportunities:
Did you have some talent that got left out with the course of time? Do you have some idea and want to work and research upon it to mould it into something worthy? Is time playing a factor in not letting you cultivate one of your skills? Well if that’s the case then internet can surely assist you in a better way.
There are plenty of websites that can help you in honing your skills and pumping it to higher levels, be it cooking or playing a base-guitar, you can get online assistance for all of them.
Websites like Codechef, hackerrank, topcoder etc. have been a blessing for the millions of IT/CSE students in our country rendering an excellent platform to work on their coding and programming skill and overall development to stay at par with the advancing world.
Online examinations has been a milestone in the educational fraternity and we can now take tests not only for maths or other mainstream ones but also disciplines like music or graphic designing and have a vivid idea of where we stand.
- Entertainment at convenience:
With internet, entertainment has never been this free and accessible ever. Every show, music, TV-series etc. are all present on the internet at economical rates or may be free at times and can be viewed 24×7.
Youtube, the video browsing website, in today’s world is almost synonymous to television and freely available to everyone at their convenience. People unfortunately even pander into downloading pirated stuff which has been one of the few disadvantages of such liberty.
- Stay connected:
With the unified virtual world that internet in a way offers, staying connected with our loved ones and acquaintances is easier than never before.
Social-networking platforms have paved a very convenient way for people to maintain touch with old friends and other accomplices while fortifying the connection with the present ones around the world. Facebook, the social networking giant is more or less a familiar household entity now. Other popular websites like twitter, Google hangout etc. are some of the globally recognized social networking platform.
We can even get in contact with HR’s of different companies where platforms like LinkedIn etc. have proven to be a great resource over the years.
Websites like Trello can help us in providing a secured environment in doing team business and sharing it with team-members and the overall functioning has been getting easier.
- A platform to express:
One of the most amazing aspect internet can be used for is to make optimum usage of our freedom in various forms.
One such form is the freedom of speech. We can talk about everything we want to, share information and interests with people having similar taste, write our own blogs and hold up discussion on various forums. WordPress, blogspot etc. are among the most popular blogging websites which have been thoroughly utilized across the globe and the vent to express has witnessed a drastic level of improvement.
There sure are issues with this where people end up writing and dealing with explicit content but it can hardly hold any ground against the thought provoking advantages we can exploit out with internet.