Top 20 Websites to Spend Too Much Time on (Besides Facebook & Instagram)

The internet is a vast and strange place. With so many things to see and experience, Velvet Cartel thinks it's time to stop "checking" Facebook and Instagram feeds and start looking into the odd pockets of the world wide web. For your consideration, here are the 22 best websites for wasting time.

Tune in

Whether you want to jam or block the various sounds coming from your office-mates, plug in your headphones and get lost in these music-based sites.

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This site mashes up ambient sounds and police + EMS scanners from a location of your choosing with soft and relaxing playlists. Definitely an interesting compilation.

Rainy Mood

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Yea, it's exactly what you think it is. Feeling angst-y? Need a little rain in your life? Listen to uninterrupted rain sounds while you work. Very calming.

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Listen to a calm and inspiring playlist while watching loving videos from all around the world. If you need a hug or a pick me up, head here.

Learn something

If you're not into wasting time (we have lots of places to go for that), try one of these educational resources on your next break.

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It's like Trivia Crack with a side of charity. Choose your category and answer questions correctly to donate rice to areas suffering from poverty and famish. You'll feel surprisingly good after staying on this website for too long.


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We've posted about this incredible site before. Learn a language--FO' FREE! Duolingo feels like a game, making it easy to learn a new language in no time!


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Learn a different kind of language. Coding is an invaluable skill that you won't regret having. </urwelcome>

Smithsonian Virtual Tour

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Take a tour of the Smithsonian, day or night, wherever you. Enjoy these captivating exhibits at your own pace.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Tune in everyday for a new breathtaking image of heavenly bodies.

Music Theory

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We're serious about learning languages. Use this website to teach yourself all sorts of different musical stylings.

Addictive Tips

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Who can't use some life hacks?

Re-discover reading

Too busy to hit up the library lately? Get back into reading with the sites!

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Tell the site about your favorite titles, authors and genres and the site will give you book suggestions based on your tastes.

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Now that you know what you want to read next, read it for free at!

Play games

I was under the impression that the internet was created for game play. My boss disagrees completely.

Online Console

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Play your favorite N-64 games on your Bowser browser.


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Sporcle is collection of silly and knowledge building games to keep you from being productive all day long.

Find the Invisible Cow

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We're just going to let you experience this one for yourself.

Hacker Type

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Less of a "game" game, more of a mind game. Impress and intimidate those around you as you type furiously on your keyboard, creating a page of expert looking coding.


Stretch your brain out, make some neat virtual art--maybe even get some work done.

I Need a Prompt

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As a blogger, I am all too familiar with the writer's block blues. Toggle the parts of speech on this website to generate wholly original prompts and spark creativity.

This is Sand

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This highly addictive interactive, generative sand art website will have your friends sick of looking at your sand art.

Weave Silk

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Like the sand art website, you'll get hooked. Create original masterpieces with vibrant colors and mirror rotations.

Go for broke

We left this website for last because of its dangerous nature.

This Is Why I'm Broke

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You will find the most unnecessary, yet desirable items. Ever needed a secret car garage for your Batmobile? The browsing capabilities are seemingly endless.

Now get back to work!

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