One of the great things about the Internet is just how much it can broaden all of our horizons, providing us with plenty of outlets for our free time that we would never have had access to before; as great as these benefits of the Internet are, however, one of the major drawbacks to the Internet is the fact that most of these "great outlets" are not exactly "free." While this may seem like a small issue in the moment, the simple fact is, the dollar you spend here and the 99 cents you spend there end up really adding up - and so, here is a look at some of the TRULY free things you can do online to pass the time, and to enjoy all the great things the Internet has to offer.
1) YouTube videos: While there are a whole lot of YouTube videos that are going to make an effort to subtly get you to buy new things, and while many popular YouTube videos are now ad-supported (all of which, of course, can ultimately lead to you spending money you did not plan to spend!), YouTube itself is still entirely free to use, and what this means for you is simple: you can still enter the "YouTube vortex" and spend hours and hours watching all sorts of videos, from educational videos to entertaining videos to music videos to comedy - getting your fill and more!
2) Social media: One of the greatest areas in which the Internet has ended up broadening our horizons is through social media, as the vast majority of social media outlets not only enable you to keep up with people from years ago (people, more often than not, that you long ago lost touch with, and that you thought you would never be able to chat and catch up with again!), but also put you in a position to meet and interact with people from all over the world; this can provide you with an opportunity to learn new things, engage in interesting discussions, and expand your view of the world - all without spending any money at all!
3) Online games: Remember when choosing to play video games used to require you to spend huge chunks of money for each and every new game you wanted to play? Well, with the wonderful power of the Internet, this is not the way things work anymore; now, instead of having to spend a big chunk of money each month on video games, you can find websites that provide you with tons of free video games - or, as most people simply call them now, "free online games.