I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore


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“The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun.”
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yesterday by miaeaton
“The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun.”
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yesterday by hellbox
The other day, I found myself looking at a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I wanted to waste time, but … I didn’t know how.
culture  internet 
2 days ago by Gwendoux
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing…
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4 days ago by granth
I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore | The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing… | https://ift.tt/2Ko0o7c | via Instapaper and IFTTT
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4 days ago by habi
And then, one day, I think in 2013, Twitter and Facebook were not really very fun anymore. And worse, the fun things they had supplanted were never coming back. Forums were depopulated; blogs were shut down. Twitter, one agent of their death, became completely worthless: a water-drop-torture feed of performative outrage, self-promotion, and discussion of Twitter itself. Facebook had become, well … you’ve been on Facebook.

In the decade since I took that computer class, the web browser has taken over the entire computing experience. There is nothing to “learn” about computers, really, except how to use a browser; everything you might want to do is done from that stupid empty address bar. Today, through that web browser, there are movies and TV shows and every song ever recorded; it’s where I do my writing and chatting and messaging; it’s where my notes and calendars and social networks live. It’s everything except fun.

There is an argument that this my fault. I followed the wrong people; I am too nostalgic about bad blogs; I am in my 30s and what I used to think was fun time-killing is now deadly. But I don’t think so. What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste. The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun.
4 days ago by branyon
Dan Nosowitz: "What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste."
internet  internetculture  boredom  time  socialmedia  procrastination  nymag 
6 days ago by warnick
Dan Nosowitz:
<p>After college, when I had a real job, with health insurance and a Keurig machine, I would read blogs, funny people talking about nothing in particular with no goal besides being entertaining for a three- to eight-minute block. These were evolutions of the Seanbaby type of writers. Their websites were comparatively elegant, set up for ease of reading. Gawker, Videogum, the Awl, the A.V. Club, Wonkette, various blogs even less commercial than those. There was one that just made fun of Saved by the Bell episodes. I never even watched Saved by the Bell, but I loved that one.

I started a Twitter account, and fell into a world of good, dumb, weird jokes, links to new sites and interesting ideas. It was such an excellent place to waste time that I almost didn’t notice that the blogs and link-sharing sites I’d once spent hours on had become less and less viable. Where once we’d had a rich ecosystem of extremely stupid and funny sites on which we might procrastinate, we now had only Twitter and Facebook.

And then, one day, I think in 2013, Twitter and Facebook were not really very fun anymore. And worse, the fun things they had supplanted were never coming back. Forums were depopulated; blogs were shut down. Twitter, one agent of their death, became completely worthless: a water-drop-torture feed of performative outrage, self-promotion, and discussion of Twitter itself. Facebook had become, well … you’ve been on Facebook.

In the decade since I took that computer class, the web browser has taken over the entire computing experience. There is nothing to “learn” about computers, really, except how to use a browser; everything you might want to do is done from that stupid empty address bar.</p>

This piece could have been called "Requiem for Wasted Time".
Internet  timewasting 
6 days ago by charlesarthur
What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste. The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun.
Internet  socialMedia  fun  Twitter  Facebook  control  surveillance  work  labour 
7 days ago by petej
"Where once we’d had a rich ecosystem of extremely stupid and funny sites on which we might procrastinate, we now had only Twitter and Facebook." I very much agree with this article. https://t.co/O1FPibILdt

— Darren Barefoot (@dbarefoot) May 18, 2018

Tweeted by @dbarefoot
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7 days ago by sillygwailo
Not sure I agree about everything, but solid points about the ubiquity/omnipresence of the web.
internet  culture  IFTTT  socialmedia  via:popular 
7 days ago by wexxy
And then, one day, I think in 2013, Twitter and Facebook were not really very fun anymore. And worse, the fun things they had supplanted were never coming back. Forums were depopulated; blogs were shut down. Twitter, one agent of their death, became completely worthless: a water-drop-torture feed of performative outrage, self-promotion, and discussion of Twitter itself. Facebook had become, well … you’ve been on Facebook...

There is an argument that this my fault. I followed the wrong people; I am too nostalgic about bad blogs; I am in my 30s and what I used to think was fun time-killing is now deadly. But I don’t think so. What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste. The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun.
internet  facebook  twitter  history  opinion 
8 days ago by iamfantastikate
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing…
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8 days ago by nzeribe
Just like , I'm distressed by losing so many of the things that FB and Twitter supplanted.
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8 days ago by topgold
The other day, I found myself looking at a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I wanted to waste time, but … I didn’t know how.
8 days ago by mjb
Back when "surfing the web" was a thing /I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore via
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8 days ago by luissosa
Oh god, so much this:
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8 days ago by DRMacIver
The other day, I found myself looking at a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I wanted to waste time, but … I didn’t know how.
culture  internet 
8 days ago by jacobraleigh
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing…
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9 days ago by iany
This is extremely real
via:brian_frank 
9 days ago by patrick-dd
Let's make the Internet weird again.
9 days ago by thingles
There is an argument that this my fault. I followed the wrong people; I am too nostalgic about bad blogs; I am in my 30s and what I used to think was fun time-killing is now deadly. But I don’t think so. What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste. The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun.
web  culture  internet 
9 days ago by imaginaryfriend
This world — of blogs and forums and weird personal sites and early, college-era Facebook — was made for dicking around. After college, when I had a real job, with health insurance and a Keurig machine, I would read blogs, funny people talking about nothing in particular with no goal besides being entertaining for a three- to eight-minute block. These were evolutions of the Seanbaby type of writers. Their websites were comparatively elegant, set up for ease of reading. Gawker, Videogum, the Awl, the A.V. Club, Wonkette, various blogs even less commercial than those. There was one that just made fun of Saved by the Bell episodes. I never even watched Saved by the Bell, but I loved that one.
internet  nostalgia 
9 days ago by craniac
And then, one day, I think in 2013, Twitter and Facebook were not really very fun anymore. And worse, the fun things they had supplanted were never coming back. Forums were depopulated; blogs were shut down. Twitter, one agent of their death, became completely worthless: a water-drop-torture feed of performative outrage, self-promotion, and discussion of Twitter itself. Facebook had become, well … you’ve been on Facebook.
web 
9 days ago by rubbercat
I'm still doing okay.
culture  internet  history 
9 days ago by cacophony
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing…
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9 days ago by flobosg
he's not wrong
internet  culture 
9 days ago by engles
Yep. The internet is not very fun. It's a place you have to escape, not something for escape.
true  internet 
9 days ago by emily
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing…
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9 days ago by spinnerin
"What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste. The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun."
internet  time 
9 days ago by sspela
The other day, I found myself looking at a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I wanted to waste time, but … I didn’t know how.
9 days ago by timlockridge
I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore
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9 days ago by citizenk
RT : "Eventually, I typed “” and hit enter. Like a freaking dad."
from twitter
9 days ago by dscassel
The other day, I found myself looking at a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I wanted to waste time, but … I didn’t know how.
culture  via:popular  2018  internet 
9 days ago by philjr
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing…
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9 days ago by elivz
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing…
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10 days ago by alexhern
This feels startlingly true.
from twitter
10 days ago by newsmary
We’re all slaves! Please like if you agree
ifttt  facebook 
10 days ago by nayyar
This strikes an unnerving chord. (via )
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10 days ago by arcadiy
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. I didn’t really feel like doing…
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10 days ago by timwburch
This is insanity to me.
internet  culture 
10 days ago by bradbarrish
Favorite tweet:

There are millions of us, apparently.https://t.co/yGLgha7yMk

— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) May 14, 2018
IFTTT  Twitter 
10 days ago by chetan
This post makes me both deeply nostalgic and deeply, deeply sad.
from twitter
10 days ago by adders
The other day, I found myself looking at a blinking cursor in a blank address bar in a new tab of my web browser. I was bored. / Samesies via Coudal
boredom 
10 days ago by glass