These websites are a guilty pleasure for many... they have an addictive appeal, and lend themselves to at least 30 mins of browsing per day, depending on your personal tastes. As you peruse the changing list below, remember that "SFW" stands for "Safe for Work", where the sites have clean content suitable for most viewers. Be warned, however: unless the site is expressly tagged as SFW below, be careful before you open it. Also: if you have a site to suggest for this ever-changing list: submit your favorite addictive website here...
Somewhat SFW: This enthusiasts' site is dedicated largely to science fiction and fantasy fans, but has tremendous appeal for people of all tastes. The Top 10 Life-Changing Movies, the Best Movies that Could Become Real, the Top Freak-Out Gamers of All Time: you're bound to find these news pieces and behind-the-scenes stories interesting. Be warned: there is some sexual content in these Zerg Net pages, so be careful about surfing this site at work.
Visit Zerg Net here
'Lifehacker' is a stylishly-named life tips and software recommendation site. The mesmerizing appeal of Lifehacker is about how practically useful it is: all the advice focuses on accomplishing more in your everyday life. How to cook better el dente pasta, how to tailor your daily work to your personal strengths, how to grow vegetables in your apartment. There is some really clever content at Lifehacker, and everyone is guaranteed to find something useful here. Visit Lifehacker here
The website name says it all, but it understates just how compelling the content is. Take this teddy bear poster
, for example. There is tremendous talent and thought put into a seemingly-inane illustration. Or watch this kid jumping skip rope
... the coordination required here is impressive. The site name is very well earned, and you'll love every second that you spend here. Visit IWasteSoMuchTime here
This photo blog is dedicated to inspiring news in art, travel, lifestyle, gadgetry, and most anything in life that will give you a 'WOW' feeling. The photographs here cover the entire spectrum of human experience, from sushi art, to driving dogs, to Mongalian desert hotels, to an insider look at Google's server farms. Wunderbar!
Visit Where Cool Things Happen here
Somewhat SFW: You think your life sucks? Here are thousands of users sharing awful anecdotes and personal venting. How a boyfriend ruined someone's day, or how a teacher crushed a young person's esteem; how the mechanic shafted someone on a repair job, or how a beautiful girl destroyed a person's self concept. Pitiful? Yes. Addictive to read this stuff? Absolutely.
Visit FmyLife here
Somewhat SFW: Some people just need to confess their sins to the world. Hidden fears, repressed hate, dirty secrets, embarassing faux pas moments, overwhelming guilt... you'll get all this juice and more at TruuConfessions.com. Shocking, pitiful, horrific...yes. It's also really addictive to read these public confessions. Have you had your daily helping of neuroses today?
Visit TruuConfessions here
Definitely NOT safe for work, sh*tbrix.com is a photography blog where users comment on what they see in the pictures. Two things really make this site addictive: 1) the photos themselves contain obscure content that is often challenging to discern. 2) the users make some really outlandish comments about each photo. The content is usually very adult, so be careful about your surroundings before you visit here. But you might really enjoy this strange and bizarre site.
Visit sh*tbrix here
TIWIB is an electronic magazine dedicated to 'unique window-shopping' and unusual consumer products. Jet packs, unusual clothing, strange firearms, personal gadgets, odd kitchen utensils, and freaky furniture: these are interesting products guaranteed to pique your fancy. Visit TIWIB here
The Chive is a photo and video blog of the wacky, inane, and the curious. From pretty girls to absurd photobombs to thought-inspiring landscapes, The Chive delivers on addictive appeal. While much of the content caters to post-adolescents and college-aged youths (i.e. expect many photos of undergrads having fun), there is definite broader appeal for anyone who likes curious news. Come see why many people claim that The Chive is 'the best site in the world'. Visit The Chive here
This site is about poignant written letters. Letters from a crash victim to the other driver. Letters from a gay son to his mother. Letters from a spurned lover to her ex-partner. Letters of all kinds of high emotion and bizarre human experience. This site is absolutely mesmerizing as an exploration of human experience and emotion. Visit Dear Blank here