Lazy days at home can get boring quickly and even when you have access to the internet at your fingertips, it can still seem impossible to find something likely to capture your attention. While you might think that streaming sites and social media are the obvious ways to kill time, there are plenty more beneficial and constructive ways you could be spending these moments online.
1. Join a lottery syndicate
A lottery syndicate is a fun and easy way to boost your chances of winning the lottery with minimal effort. Simply find a group of people who enjoy playing the lottery, agree how many lottery tickets everyone will buy each week, pool them all together, and split any winnings between each member of the syndicate. These collectives are often set up between friends, families, and colleagues in the real-world, but you can organise or join one online in minutes. Companies like Lotto Social automatically add you to a small syndicate of fewer than 50 people, ensuring you still receive a healthy payout if your group wins the jackpot. Online lottery syndicates also take responsibility for purchasing the tickets and distributing the winnings so all you really need to do is sign up and wait for the money to start rolling in.
2. Visit museums
Why not cure your boredom and gain an insight into some of the world’s most fascinating history, science, and culture at the same time? If you’re too far away, or simply can’t be bothered to travel, you can explore the exhibits from the comfort of your own home. Virtual museum tours are growing increasingly common thanks to the power of VR. In just a few clicks, you can find yourself in the Hintze Hall of London’s Natural History Museum or the British Museum—the latter of which you can simply browse through Google Street View. And as the internet has no boundaries, there’s no need to stick to Britain’s museums either. The Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Vatican Museums are just three world-class institutions you can access online.
3. Sit in on university lectures
Rather than spending an hour watching the latest Netflix series, you could feed your mind with a compelling lecture courtesy of a top university. UCL has hosted a “Lunch Hour Lecture” series since 1942, which they describe as “a great opportunity for everyone to hear and learn about the exceptional research work being undertaken at the university”. They’re free and open to all if you ever want to go and experience the real thing, but if you’re in need of an instant boredom-fix, the lectures can be viewed via its YouTube channel. There you’ll find content related to human behaviour, physics, literature, and more. The equally prestigious Imperial College London also shares a variety of its lectures online, all of which are downloadable so you can watch them on the go.
4. Read a classic book for free
You might not think it, but having a free schedule and a strong Internet connection offers the perfect chance to catch up on your reading. If you’re wondering why you’ve still never dipped into Shakespeare, Austen, or Joyce, now it’s easier than ever to do something about that. Gutenberg, the first provider of free eBooks, is one of the best places to start, with over 60,000 titles to choose from. Classics you’ll find here include Dracula, Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray. You can either manually search for the title you have in mind, or consult the platform’s “top 100” list if you need a little inspiration. What’s more, Gutenberg requires no registration or special apps, allowing you to read as much as you like, for as long as you like.