EXCLUSIVE: Top Ten Time-Wasters

procrastination6When you stare at a computer screen eight hours a day, forty hours a week, it’s easy to get distracted. We realized that we spend quite a bit of time wasting said time with little interruptions and that got us thinkingwhat other ways do we let time slip away from us by doing other, less productive things (not at work, of course)? Below are the ten time-wasters we find ourself engaged in, whether they be as procrastination tools or guilty pleasures.
—Danielle & Joe

11. The A.V. Club

I’ve always been a fan of the satirical newspaper The Onion and when I discovered that the paper had a non-satirical entertainment and pop culture website, I was hooked. The site’s writers and editorial tone jibe with my sense of humor and deliver entertainment news with a healthy dose of snark. The features delve into niche culture like cult films, comic books and comedy, which appeals to my geeky tastes. This is not a good site to visit if I need to get something done, in fact, when I visited to write this piece I found myself reading articles for a good half hour before getting back to work. —JK

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2ca3a54013732e75f9c1ca006f35b68f2. Reading

I used to read nearly constantly before I got this thing called a full-time job. I’ve loved to read since I learned how; while other little girls were playing with Barbies, I was scraping my knees climbing into trees so I could sit and read my Baby-Sitters Little Sister and Goosebumps paperbacks. Now, my to-read list is miles long but one thing I stick to and purposely make time for is reading novels before they become films. When all the Hunger Games buzz began and a release date was set for the Jennifer Lawrence career-launching machine, I dedicated an entire weekend to the trilogy—and it was well worth it. Next up is The Fault in Our Stars. I rely heavily on BuzzFeed for pretty much everything in life (more on that later) and they conveniently compiled a list recently of Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year. Thanks, BF! —DT

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23. Grand Theft Auto 5 

I can lose myself for hours in the seedy world of Rockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto 5. If I pop the disc into my Xbox, it’s like a time warp; hours pass and I barely notice. I’ve always been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series and this latest entry has the largest map, most diverse group of characters, and the most missions to complete. I’ve heard friends’ wives and girlfriends lament about being “GTA widows,” something that my lady, unfortunately, related with when GTA 5 debuted last September. —JK

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4. BuzzFeed

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If there’s a website that wastes more time than BuzzFeed, introduce me to it. I’ll stumble across a link of interest and emerge three days later wondering why I’m so hungry. I discovered the site about a couple years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. The editorial isn’t exactly ground-breaking, but it’s definitely entertaining and there’s something for everyone. I’ve long admired their innovation and timeliness and believe they’re onto something as far as online media goes. Besides, who doesn’t love a good list? Amiright—DT

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35. ProPublica

I’m a news junkie; from politics to current events to celebrity news, I love it all. One of my favorite long-form journalism websites is ProPublica, a muckraking nonprofit bastion of journalistic integrity in a sea of partisan cable news sites. It’s good stuff and I can get lost in it for hours. —JK

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6. Social Media

I have a problem: I’m a total social media addict. It’s a cliché in this day and age, but I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this technology to take over. I love it all. I actively (as in every day, usually multiple times a day) use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest … I’m guilty of being a bit of an oversharer, but I don’t care. On a personal level, it basically acts as the diaries we had growing up—I can go back and read my exact thoughts on the day I started college, turned 21, graduated, attended my best friend’s wedding, etc, etc. On a professional level, you are constantly plugged into the news of the world and are able to share and discuss it with long-distance contacts. I think it’s just the best thing ever, so sue me. —DT

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7. “How Did This Get Made?” podcast

Comedians Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael’s podcast about terrible movies and the people who love them has helped me waste many hours of my life. This isn’t even one I listen to while running, because spontaneous bouts of laughter are a good way to trip up and get sent flying into the wall behind the treadmill. While it doesn’t offer much insight into the process, the show, which boasts many noteworthy guests like Dan Harmon of Community fame and Danny Trejo of being-a-badass fame, is flat-out hilarious a lot of the time. —JK

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oscar_statue1-700x10508. Award Season

Arguably a time waster by those who just don’t get it, award shows typically suck three hours or more out of a perfectly lovely evening. Factor in the red carpet time beforehand, sometimes televised parties afterward and the night is pretty much shot. Ain’t nobody got time for that! That is, except for those of us who just can’t get enough of it. I’ve always been intrigued by what makes someone better than the rest when I probably couldn’t act my way out of a cardboard box. How has Leonardo DiCaprio never been handed a gold statuette when he’s phenomenal in everything he attempts? How did a silent movie win in 2012? Why do people care so much about what stars wear on the red carpet? Why do we worship these people? Being an entertainment addict is half knowing the lines to every one of your favorite films and half a head-scratching lesson in sociology. And I gobble it all up like stale popcorn on a Sunday night. —DT

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9. Doctor Who marathons on BBC America

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Doctor Who is flat-out my nerdiest obsession. The British television program (which began airing the day President Kennedy was shot in 1963) is a formidable endeavor to get into, with over 50 years of backstory. But once you get a handle on the mythology and the tone of the show, Doctor Who is one of the most unique television experiences. Catching a marathon on BBC America pretty much means my Saturday afternoon is shot, even if I’ve seen the episodes a few dozen times. Whenever my sneering friends give me crap about it, my only retort is, “It’s a show about a time traveling alien who goes on adventures!” Who wouldn’t want to watch that? —JK

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10. Binge-Watching

sketch3My name is Danielle … and I am a binge-watcher. There’s something to be said about the ferocity of TV-lovers that we’re willing to lay in bed or on the couch in a catatonic state as we devour endless hours of a favorite show. Binge-watching is all the rage lately (try it, everyone’s doing it) and services like Netflix are reaping the benefits. Been wanting to try a show from years ago? You can have all eight seasons right at your fingertips! Don’t have any weekend plans? You do now! Being such an avid TV fan, binge-watching has become my new favorite thing. I’ll often marathon a show before it returns for a new season or I’ll revisit old favorites just because they make me happy. Not exactly a productive way to spend time, but I don’t mind. —DT

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