California is famed for its national parks, stunning landscapes and hospitable climate, which means it’s invariably associated with outdoor activities much of the time. However, it’s also home to the tech mecca of Silicon Valley and while the weather is pleasant for much of the year, it’s not without its inclement moments. Plus, there are just times when you’d rather spend the day indoors surfing the web than exploring the Great Wide Yonder.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the most popular online pastimes in California. The next time you’re at a loose end for what to do with yourself, but don’t have the energy or enthusiasm for stepping outside, these activities should keep you amused from the comfort of your own home.
Whisper it quietly, but television might just be at death’s door. The rise of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ (among others) have revolutionised the way in which we consume entertainment, with our favorite TV shows and movies now available at the touch of a button. That’s true for other forms of media, too; Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited have made listening to any song you desire possible at the touch of a button, while sporting events can also be streamed online. The internet is your oyster.
The gaming industry has come a long way since the era of the Atari and the Sega Mega Drive. These days, avid gamers can switch on their console and connect with gamers across the globe via network gaming, while virtual reality (VR) headsets and ever-more impressive graphics create an immersive gaming experience like never before. What’s more, the advent of online casinos brings an element of risk-and-reward to proceedings; with excellent promotional offers, a constantly changing array of titles and real money to be won, it’s no surprise that these online slot machines are attracting gamers in their droves.
While the mall used to be the place to be seen for teens in California, e-Commerce has thrown a spanner into those works. Of course, in-person shopping is still hugely popular for reasons of socialising and quality control, but more and more of our daily interactions and transactions are now taking place online. And with free returns and next-day delivery standard options for many outlets, it’s no wonder that Californians love surfing the web for the latest trends and hottest bargains.
It’s not just the mall that has been usurped as a meeting place. Social media provides unique opportunities for like-minded individuals to connect, exchange ideas and discuss their interests with one another. Aside from Facebook and Twitter, Instagram is a hugely popular forum for sharing photos and gaining inspiration, while TikTok has emerged as one of the most engaging methods of posting and viewing video content. What will be the next big thing in social media? It’s impossible to tell – but it’s inevitable that Californians will be spearheading its success.
How much of your time do you already spend on these activities? Would including them in your daily routine help you to de-stress? It’s important to find ways to unwind and these online pastimes might just help you, like countless others, to do so.