The most beautiful sites to visit when the Internet is too much

If you’ve been spending too much time online for work or, perhaps misguidedly, for pleasure, you may feel the urge to do something on the Internet that’s less destructive than reading the news and catching up with Elon Musk. For those times, consider trading your hour in the social media gutter that is Twitter for a few minutes, scrolling through a cool Reddit thread or exploring the vastness of the space.


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Here are my picks for the 10 best places on the internet in 2022. Some will ease your worries, others may encourage them to flourish, but they’re all worth a visit.

Eye bleach subreddit

Give me puppies, please!
Credit: Screenshot / Reddit

When I first came across the eyebleach subreddit, I thought it was full of things so horrible, so deeply disturbing, that you should bleach your eyes after noticing them. But luckily I was wrong. With 3.4 million members posting only the cutest content, r/eyebleach is instead full of things to look at while you’re getting your eyes bleached out by the flood of horror on the web. Scroll and you will find a photo of three dogs with their heads resting on each other(Opens in a new tab)or a The bear cub is doing what I can only describe as a lil’ jig(Opens in a new tab)or some guy who wins a hummingbird’s trust(Opens in a new tab).

A screenshot of the substack chat press release.

For the past few weeks, Substack conversations have been ruling the roost.
Credit: Screenshot / Substack

Substack isn’t without its issues, but the newly launched Chat feature for Substack writers and creators to have Twitter-like conversations with their subscribers is awesome. It’s described as “having your own personal social network where you make the rules,” and it’s very similar to AOL Instant Messenger, along with Reddit.

Af gang facebook page

Music and mental health all in one place
Credit: Screenshot / AF Gang Facebook Page

Whether you’re a fan of British-Irish rock band Idles or not, AF Gang is one of the best places to hang out online. They have a subreddit:(Opens in a new tab) and a Facebook page(Opens in a new tab), dedicated not only to Idles’ music, but to creating a community where talking about mental health is welcome. If Idles isn’t your particular type of music, try some other music online communities created by fans(Opens in a new tab) to specify bands as “Jeff Rosenstock I’m like Shitposting(Opens in a new tab)“the page, for example

A screenshot of the 100,000 stars website

We are very small and the universe is very big.
Credit: Screenshot / 100,000 Stars

Do you remember that scene? Star Wars. attack of the clones, when Obi-Wan Kenobi is trying to find a planet and all the planets appear in front of him in hologram. This is basically the website version of it, without any of it Star Wars links and also it’s on your computer instead of floating in front of you. It shows a picture of the galaxy with all the stars within it, and lets you tour it, starting with the Sun.

Screenshot of a soft murmur website

Give me ambient music please
Credit: Screenshot / A soft rustle

When you want good background noise but can’t find the right tune, this is the best site to find that perfect listening experience. Just move the sliders and create your ideal relaxing background noise. Just the process of creating this will put your mind at ease.

A screenshot of the indieheads subreddit

Music talk to me
Credit: Screenshot / r/indieheads

With over 2 million members, Indie Heads is one of the biggest music sub-groups(Opens in a new tab) 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 are a fan of indie music, this is one of the best places to spend your time online.

A screenshot of the moth site

Tell me a story
Credit: Screenshot / The Moth

If you just want to hear some stories from Neil Gaiman, Kim Sykes, Tricia Rose Burt, or any number of talented writers, The Moth is a great way to do it. It’s relaxing, educational, and the site is easy to navigate and fun to use.

The most beautiful place on the web

It’s nice!
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This site was created by Toby Benjamin to give visitors a “little introduction”. according to the site(Opens in a new tab). You enter the space and you are immediately embraced. “So let’s turn the sad into joy and the happy into celebration,” reads the website’s copy. “Because this is a nice place to visit on a day like today.”

I wish i had posted a

I want embarrassing posts.
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You don’t have to love music to enjoy it I wish I was a “Shitpost” about music in the bunker(Opens in a new tab) Facebook page(Opens in a new tab) — but it would probably make it a little more fun. Full of poorly made memes and discussions about new music, this is one of the coolest places on Facebook.

10. Websites dedicated to cute animals

A dog and a cat

Brb, I just have to look at a cute animal for a second
Credit: Screenshot / open puppies

When all else fails, it’s important to get your daily dose of serotonin. Enter the websites dedicated specifically to cute animals, for example Zoo Borns(Opens in a new tab) and: Open the puppies(Opens in a new tab) and this a live stream that just shows you a bunch of brown bears(Opens in a new tab).

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