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The internet is a double-edged sword. It can be a massive time waster for those who get hooked on Facebook and other social media. For others, it can offer numerous options to make money, learn new skills, and even start businesses. Whether you benefit or suffer from the internet really comes down to how you use it.

For many, a good use of the internet is developing new skills or building on existing ones. If you’re not sure about the best ways to use your online time, then we have some suggestions below.

Play Games

Yes, we are serious. Playing games has been shown to have a variety of benefits, including increased hand-eye coordination, problem-solving abilities, and other cognitive processes. Of course, not all games are good. Some can suck you in so that you simply can’t put them down. That why it’s important to pick appropriate games. Have a look at for some ideas.

Play Around With WordPress

If you have ever wanted to learn how to build your own website, you will find that it’s now easier than ever. WordPress is a great platform that can help you make a professional looking site with minimal technical skills. That’s why we recommend you sign up (you can do so for free) and start playing around with a site. The skills developed may come in handy one day.

Try Your Hand (Or Keyboard) At Writing

There are numerous sites that accept guest posts. In fact, regardless of your passions, you will find that there are numerous writing opportunities. If you have ever wanted to develop your ability with words then why not get online, find a  site to write for, and get an article published. You can develop your writing skills and even get paid.

Take An Online Course

You no longer need to sit in a classroom if you want to learn something new. The internet has opened up many doors when it comes to education. In fact, you will find that many courses are packed with images and videos that would make the liveliest teacher look boring.

You will find that regardless of what you want to learn, there are many courses available. While most will require payment, some will also be free.

Start A Business

This may sound ambitious. However, there are many ways to start a basic online business with a minimal investment of time and money. During the course of starting this business,, you will end up developing a range of skills, which may include online marketing, website development, and e-commerce.

If you have an idea rattling around at the back of your skull, then it may be time to put in into action.

Final Thoughts

The internet can help or hinder—it just depends how you use it. That’s why you might as well use it to help develop skills. The ideas above are a good starting point, but of course, there are many other options. Just do the best to make the most of your online time rather than wasting it on activities that offer no benefits.





Author: Andy Quayle

Andy was born in the Isle of Man and currently lives in Pittsburgh.
Known globally as a willing source for tech news and views, Andy takes great pride in consultation and education.

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