If you’ve been spending too much time online – for work or, perhaps mistakenly, for pleasure – you might feel the urge to do something on the internet that isn’t as devastating as reading the news and follow Elon Musk. For those moments, consider trading your time on the social media cesspool that is Twitter for a few minutes browsing a pleasant Reddit thread or experiencing the vastness of space.
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Here is my pick of the top 10 places on the internet right now. Some will soothe your anxieties, others might encourage them to flourish, but they are all worth checking out.
give me puppies please
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When I first came across the eyebleach subreddit, I thought it would be full of things so terrible, so deeply disturbing, that you’d need to bleach your eyes after spotting them. But luckily, I was wrong! With 3.4 million members posting only the most enjoyable content, r/eyebleach is full of things to watch when you need to bleach your eyes from the deluge of internet horror. Scroll down and you will find a photo of three dogs with their heads leaning on each otheror one cub doing what i can only describe as a small frameWhere a guy gains the trust of a hummingbird.
But… she looks so real
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This one isn’t quite as enjoyable as some of the other options on this list, but it’s unbearably fascinating. If you are interested in AI and deepfakes, this website will either make you very excited or give you a lot of nightmares. Here, computer scientists generate fake people using Generative Adversarial Networks, or GANs, and then show them to you every time you refresh the page. Also, you might enjoy This cat does not exist, This work does not exist, This horse does not existand, for the nerds among 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 Anglo-Irish rock band Idles or not, AF Gang is one of the best places to hang out online. They have one subreddit and one 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 genre of music, try others online communities created by fans to celebrate bands — like the “ Jeff Rosenstock I look like shitposting” , for example.
We are very small and the universe is very big!
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Do you remember this scene in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, when Obi-Wan Kenobi tries to find a planet, and all the planets appear in front of him in a hologram? This is basically the web version of this, without any of the star wars references, and it’s also on your computer instead of floating in front of you. It shows a representation of the galaxy, with all the stars inside, and allows you to walk around it starting from the Sun.
Give me some background music, please
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When you want good background noise but can’t find the right melody, this is the best website to find that perfect hearing experience. Simply wiggle the sliders and create your ideal soothing background noise. The simple process of creating this will put your mind at ease.
tell me about the music
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With over 2 million members, Indie Heads is one of the biggest music subreddits On the platform. It’s a place to read AMAs with your favorite indie artists, discuss new music, and write about your favorite album of the year. If you’re a fan of indie music, this is one of the best places to spend your time online.
Tell me a story
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If you just want to listen to a few stories — from Neil Gaiman, Kim Sykes, Tricia Rose Burt, or any number of talented writers — The Moth is a delightful way to do it. It’s relaxing, educational, and the website is easy to navigate and fun to use.
Cats are really weird little guys
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I sincerely believe that Twitter is a terrible place to spend time on, no matter how funny tweets can be. But there are Twitter accounts, like Cats are weird Lil Guys and make up a guy — which are just so wholesome that it’s definitely worth sticking around for.
I want gossip!
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You don’t have to love music to appreciate the I wish I was shitposting to the music in a bunker Facebook page – but that would probably make it a little more fun. Filled with poorly made memes and discussions of new music, it’s one of the most delightful places on Facebook.
10. Websites dedicated to cute animals
Brb, I just need to look at a cute animal for a second
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When all else fails, it’s important to get your daily dose of serotonin. Enter websites dedicated specifically to cute animals, like Zoo Borns and Open puppies and that livestream that just shows you a group of brown bears.