If you have spent too much time online – for work or, perhaps mistakenly, for pleasure – you may feel the urge to do something on the internet that is not as devastating as reading the news and continuing with Elon Musk. For those times, consider sharing your hour on the social media that is Twitter for a few minutes scrolling through a nice Reddit thread, or discovering the vastness of space.
Here are my picks of the top 10 places on the internet right now. Some may alleviate your worries, others may encourage them to thrive, but they are all worth a visit.
give me puppies, please
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When I first came across the white-eyed subred, I thought it would be full of things so terrible, so deeply troubled, that you would need to whiten your eyes after seeing them. But luckily, I was wrong! With 3.4 million members posting only the most beautiful content, r / eyebleach is, instead, full of things to watch when you need your eyes whitened by the deluge of horror on the internet. Scroll through, and you’ll find a a photo of three dogs with their heads resting on each otheror a a bear cub doing what I can only describe as a lil ‘jigor some guy gaining the trust of a hummingbird.
But … she looks so real
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This one isn’t as pretty as some of the other options on this list but unbearably fascinating. If you are interested in AI and deep flaws, this site will either make you very excited or give you a lot of nightmares. Here, computer scientists generate fake people using generic opposite networks, or GAN, and then show them to you every time you refresh the page. Similarly, you may enjoy it This Cat Doesn’t Exist, This Artwork Does Not Exist, This Horse Does Not Existand, for the most nerdy of us, This Chemical Does Not Exist.
Music and mental health, all in one place
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Whether you’re a fan of the British-Irish rock band Idles or not, AF Gang is one of the best places to spend time online. They have a subreddit and a Facebook page, dedicated not only to the music of Idles but also to creating a community in which talking about mental health is welcome. If Idles is not your specific type of music, try another fan-created online communities celebrate groups – like the “Jeff Rosenstock I seem like a favorite“page, for example.
We are very small and the universe is very big!
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Do you remember that scene in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, when Obi-Wan Kenobi tries to find a planet, and all the planets appear before him in a hologram? This is basically the web version of this, without any of the Cosmic Wars references, and also it’s on your computer instead of floating in front of you. It shows a representation of the galaxy, with all the stars within it, and allows you to travel through it from the Sun.
Give me some ambient music, please
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When you want a good background noise but can’t find the right tune, this is the best website to find that perfect listening experience. Just shake the skates and create your ideal soothing background noise. The mere process of creating this will calm your mind.
Talk music to me
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With over 2 million members, Indie Heads is one of the largest music sub-networks on the platform. It’s a place to read AMAs with your favorite independent artists, discuss new music, and write about your favorite album of the year. If you are a fan of independent music, this is one of the best places to spend your time online.
Tell me a story
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If you want to hear a few stories – from Neil Gaiman, Kim Sykes, Tricia Rose Burt, or any other talented writer – The Moth is a great way to do just that. It’s relaxed, educational, and the website is easy to navigate and fun to use.
Cats are really weird people
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I wholeheartedly believe that Twitter is a great place to spend any amount of time, no matter how funny the tweets may be. But there are some Twitter accounts – like Cats Being Weird Lil Guys and Make a guy – which are just so healthy that staying on the web is actually worth it.
I want specialties!
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You don’t have to love music to enjoy it I would like to post about music in a bunker Facebook page – but it would probably make it a little more fun. Packed with badly made memes and discussions of new music, it is one of the most enchanting places on Facebook.
10. Websites dedicated to beautiful animals
Brb, I just need to look at a beautiful animal for a second
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When all else fails, it is important to get your daily dose of serotonin. Go to the sites dedicated specifically to beautiful animals, such as Borns Zoo and Open Puppies and this livestream that just shows you a bunch of brown bears.