Wed. Jun 26th, 2019

Six ways to kill time during social media blackouts

Confused and bamboozled, many were stumped as to their evening plans with Facebook down. Don’t fret, we’ve compiled a handy list of things to pass the time.

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Around 18:00 last night, users across the world reported being unable to access their Facebook feeds, refresh their timelines, or post new content. The problem did not stop with Facebook, and extended to their sibling social media site Instagram, and messaging app Whatsapp.

Confused and bamboozled, many were stumped as to their evening plans. So next time Facebook is down, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a handy list of things to pass the time.

Take yourself on a date

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Taking yourself on a date (yes, just you) is the ultimate liberating experience. Whether it be grabbing a cup at your favourite coffee shop down the street, or a trip to the cinema to watch that new film you’ve been dying to watch – nothing will beat romancing yourself.

Geocaching

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Fancy yourself a pro at hide and seek? Do you always manage to find Waldo, not matter where he is? Then this may be the hobby for you. Geocaching is basically a giant treasure hunt, with hundreds of people leaving containers in nature for you to discover. If you’re a fan of hiking, the outdoors, and exploring – get on it immediately. Read more about it.

(Remember: if it’s dark outside, you probably won’t spot the geocache)

Meditation

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For some, social media provides an escape from the real world, and a chance to breathe and relax. If this applies to you, try breathing calmly, and clear your mind. Meditating is a sure-fire way to relieve you of your stress, and leave you with clear head. Learn more about guided meditation.

Board games with friends

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The app Words with Friends may be fun, but nothing beats watching the hope drain from your best friends eyes as you take the last of their Monopoly money. Next time the group chat is down, why not get everyone over for a game of 30 Seconds, Monopoly, or even Cluedo. Just don’t forget to SMS them instead.

Baking

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There is a certain joy you get, when your cake rises perfectly in the oven. There is a certain sense of pleasure you get, when smelling bread baking. Next time you can’t post your cake on Instagram, why not trying baking one instead? If you’re a fan of sweets, science, and precision, baking is the perfect past-time for you. Find some recipes to try.

Homebrewing

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If you’re a fan of a cold one, are creative, and have a mind for mathematics, you may have just found your calling. With a variety of lagers, ales, pilseners and more to perfect – you may find this hobby to be hard to put down. I guess the reward makes it that much more refreshing. Get yourself started.

Call your family

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Guys, seriously. You may not have a conventional family, but giving your mother/father/sibling/guardian a ring will brighten their day. Besides, if you’re looking to kill time, there’s no better way than having your mum talk your ear off.

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