The Most Addictive Websites

Guilty pleasure websites that will suck you in

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These websites are a guilty pleasure for many: They have an addictive appeal, and depending on your personal tastes, these sites can easily occupy 30 mins of your day or more. 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.  

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TheChive.com: wacky, weird, and wonderful photos and videos
TheChive.com: wacky, weird, and wonderful photos and videos. TheChive.com

Somewhat SFW: The Chive is a photo and video blog of the wacky, insane, 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 a 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'.

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Attack of the Cute!. attackofthecute.com

Very SFW! Attack of the Cute is a crowd-pleaser! This is a photo blog, where readers everywhere contribute pictures of their cute pet cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, or of cute animals they discovered at the zoo. This is absolutely a family-friendly and office-friendly website. You'll even be the hit of the office if you introduce your coworkers to this place. Big thumbs up and guaranteed smiles for everyone!

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reddit.com
reddit.com. reddit.com

Somewhat SFW: Reddit is a combination of user-generated news and social voting. Everybody and anybody can post a link at Reddit, add a description, and encourage the world to visit that recommendation. Reddit users, in turn, vote positive and negative responses to grade the appeal of each link. Reddit is tremendously addictive for people with short attention spans.

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Somewhat SFW: This enthusiasts' site is dedicated largely to science fiction and fantasy fans, but has tremendous appeal for people of all tastes. Great Movies Completely Ruined By Pointless Cameos, Facts About Nintendo That Were Never True, 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.

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Lifehacker: an Addictive Website!
Lifehacker: an Addictive Website!. Lifehacker.com

Semi-SFW: '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 a few risque articles; everyone is guaranteed to find something useful here.

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Sploid.gizmodo.com
Sploid.gizmodo.com. Sploid.gizmodo.com

SFW: Sploid is a bizarre news and lifestyle interest blog that features astonishing science and nature. Watch video footage of surreal weather anomalies, gravity-defying human achievements, and incredible gadgets (no crazy exploding gadgets, though) and scientific wonders. Sploid is absolutely a mesmerizing visual experience!

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thisiswhyimbroke.com/
thisiswhyimbroke.com/. thisiswhyimbroke.com/

SFW: 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.

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dearblankpleaseblank.com
dearblankpleaseblank.com. dearblankpleaseblank.com

SFW: This site is about poignantly 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.

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I Waste So Much Time. iwastesomuchtime.com

Somewhat SFW: The website name says it all, but it understates just how compelling the content is. Take this teddy bear poster, for example. There is a 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.

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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.

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Oddee.com. Oddee.com

NSFW: Oddee.com is a fascinating blog about the bizarre, weird, and strange. Yes, there are many girly pictures at this site, but there are also some really fascinating stories about medicine, geography, modern anthropology, modern art, pop culture, music, and more. Don't open this site at your office desk, as there is partial nudity on several of the icons. But definitely, try Oddee with your home computer/tablet, and see why 2 million people visit Oddee on a daily basis. More »

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Pinterest. Pinterest.com

SFW: Pinterest has taken the Web by storm. This is where people 'visually-curate the Internet' by showcasing photos they find interesting. High fashion, stunning nature scenes, mesmerizing animals, expensive interior design, exotic cars, foodie and culinary masterpieces, absurd clothing . . . all of these visuals and more. If you enjoy looking at pictures, you'll find Pinterest to be an engrossing smorgasbord for your eyeballs. Go on, give it a try. We dare you not to get hooked on Pinterest.

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Somewhat SFW: "Schadenfreude" is the German word for 'deriving pleasure from the misfortune of others'. FailBlog delivers schadenfreude in wholesale servings! This photo and video blog capture some of the most tragic human mistakes you will ever see. Here you'll find horrifying examples of car parking errors, sports mishaps, advertising faux pas, bad clothing choices, and absurd human inventions. Like many of the addictive websites in this list: there are no special effects or professional actors involved: just regular everyday people doing absolutely idiotic things.  

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SFW: Overstock.com is about upscale bargain shopping. As a third-party clearance center, Overstock helps retailers unload a surplus of brand name and designer consumer items. DKNY clothing, Samsung cameras, Callaway golf clubs, Tag Heuer wristwatches, Nine West shoes, memory foam bedding, Vincenzi men's suits, designer travel gear for pets... some absolutely beautiful products are available here, often for less than 50 percent of retail price. 

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Somewhat SFW: Fark is an aggregator for bizarre and weird news.  That means that offbeat and unusual news stories from around the globe are assembled at this one website for quick browsing. Read about kangaroos goaded into fighting clowns, cross-dressing sensitivity training for policemen, undertakers who raise money by offering free limo rides, naked air traffic controllers, homeless people who become famous chefs, robbers who target celebrity homes, chickens who adopt puppies. Bizarre? Yes. Addictive? You better believe it.

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Uncrate.com. Uncrate.com

SFW: Uncrate.com is, quite possibly, the ultimate gadget guide for men. While women are welcome to surf and purchase these gadgets, the products here are definitely geared towards the techno-loving male. The niftiest new products for iPhone, personal stereos, desktop computing, car accessories, and more. You and your office pals are guaranteed to get sucked into this buffet of interesting devices and modern machines. More »

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. 

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SFW: Hypnotic, meditative, and elegantly simple: this site is all about creating landscapes with falling colored sand. You press the letter 'C' on your keyboard to access the color palette, then click to choose and click to start drizzling colored pixels. Lose yourself in 20 minutes of self-hypnosis, and then save a screenshot for your Facebook friends. Very very cool in an etch-a-sketch kind of way!

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Somewhat SFW: This site is Addictive with a capital "A".  2Leep stands out because it is a hub of thousands of fascinating blogs and photo collections from around the world. See videos of trucks being lifted by the wind. See bizarre furniture and pet hairdos. See Bob Dullam's homemade batmobile. See the worst celebrity twins of all time. The content is so dynamic at 2Leep, you'll want to visit twice a day to see the updates.   

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Wonderhowto.com
Wonderhowto.com. Wonderhowto.com

SFW: How to breathe fire. How to flirt like a pro. How to cut a beer bottle in half. How to tell the difference between a prostitute and an undercover cop. How to steal a Guinness record for free throwing. How to turn your car into an armored tank. How to levitate a Zippo flame. How to detect nukes. WonderHowTo.com is a delicious buffet of engineering, ingenuity, and curiosity.  

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Not Really SFW: No, these are not actors or clowns. These are real people captured in candid photos at the local Walmart store.  The choices in fashion and lifestyle are absolutely shocking, and this site has garnered much controversial attention because it allegedly typecasts people. But, truth be told: this site is an addiction for millions of viewers. Come see what the fuss is all about, and decide for yourself.

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SFW: Here is sarcasm and cynicism, made beautiful. As an antithesis to motivational posters, Despair.com takes inspirational photography and captions it with negative and cynical slogans. The effect is splendid and is guaranteed laughter in offices everywhere. In fact, you might want to show this site to your office coworkers.

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SFW: (well, as safe for work as a games website can be). PopCap offers some of the most addictive free games on the Internet today.  Many of these games involve slow-motion play, where you can stop play to continue doing other things (like your daily job). Longtime favorites like Bejeweled, Zuma, Bookworm, Pixelus, Atomica and Insaniquarium will keep most people occupied for hours at a time.  Loads of fun and the price is perfect.

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SFW: It's not just that these amateur and professional videos are very engaging... it's that there are thousands of them linked together.  If you start to browse the column of "related videos" to the right of each clip, you'll be hooked. For example, you start watching "car reviews Honda CRV", and pretty soon, you are browsing the car reviews of every one of its competitors.  Even better: search for "talking dogs" or "Einstein the Genius Bird" and you'll be laughing for hours.   

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(Somewhat SFW) It is the evolution of the modern flea market, with 21st-century security and payment controls in place. Traditional competitive auctions comprise about 65% of eBay's transactions, but you can also make straight purchases with "Buy It Now" and "Make Me an Offer" options. Millions of dollars transact on eBay every single day. Thousands of people even make eBay selling their full-time career. If you like eBay, you will LOVE eBay. WARNING: if you have an addictive shopping personality, this website can quickly drain your finances.

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(Partially SFW) Whether you get sucked into Candy Crush, Farmville and Mafia Wars, or if you just want to stay in touch with your friends and family, Facebook will burn hours of your time. See the funny video posted by your old high school friend. Comment on the photos of Jeff's new Volkswagen van. Read up on your air force friend's current posting in Florida.

Office warning: while the content of Facebook is largely benign, most employers will frown upon seeing this on your screen at work. Facebooking is associated with hours and hours of time wasting, be warned!

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