For many, the suggestion of more screen time seems ludicrous. After working from home, remote learning, and too many “zoom happy hours” to count this past year, you might be thinking a week of unplugging is in your future, and I don’t blame you. But when you’re ready to come back to that warm iPhone screen after your detox, buckle up for these 5 unexpected reasons you’ll want to spend more time online in 2021.
- Get Educated
It seems these days there is no shortage of what you can accomplish online. Spend some time bettering yourself this year by getting an online education. There are many distinguished universities that offer single classes, certifications, and even full degrees online.
Whether it’s earning a second degree and finally finding that dream job, becoming ordained to officiate your best friend’s wedding, or simply leveling up on a skill, you can do it all online and you won’t regret it.
- Get Involved
When we are forced to change aspects of our lives, it can make us more aware of what other people are going through. Because of current events and the complications surrounding Covid-19, many felt moved in 2020 to make a difference in the world, whether it was through getting involved in charity, social justice, politics, animal rights, or simply getting more involved in your kid’s school. The good news for us is that we can make a difference online too.
- Get Cultured
Just because you’re social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t get cultured! Treat yourself to some of the best art and artifacts the world has to offer by visiting one of the many museums that offer virtual tours like the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Impress your friends by learning about art, history, and culture from around the world, or even take someone on a virtual date to the museum.
Another great way to get cultured is to look up recipes online from some of your favorite destinations and cook those meals in the comforts of your very own home. If you love Jamaica but don’t feel comfortable traveling there, bring Jamaica to your home and make a jerk chicken dish while playing Jamaican music.
Is it the same as actually traveling to your favorite destination? No, but it’s the closes way to take in some of the culture you long to experience when traveling there.
- Get Your Passport Stamped (kind of)
Disappointed that your international trip was canceled this year because of pandemic travel restrictions? Try a trip to Google Earth instead, where you can view any area in the world with the click of a button. Get out your flip-flops and take a “trip” to Cancun from the comfort of your couch (and don’t forget your margarita!).
- Get Rich
Besides getting a job, there are many ways you can use the internet to get rich in 2021. You can appraise and sell valuable items you want to get rid of, you can invest in passive income ventures, or outsource your skills on apps like TaskRabbit or Rover. The sky is pretty much the limit to how you can spend and gain money online in 2021.
Whether you want to make some extra coin, expand your mind, impress your friends, or simply need something to do at lunch while you’re working from home, there are many reasons why you’re gonna want to sink into that sofa and spend more time online in 2021.