Stumbling isn’t just for alcoholics

Good people of Carlmont, this is the age of technology. Our society is no longer about novels and first dates, it is about blogs and dating sites. The Internet has captivated all age groups and is seemingly unstoppable. However, some complain of becoming bored with sites such as Twitter and Facebook after a while, as there are only so many times in an hour you can update your status or check your news feed.

Luckily, there is a solution to this boredom. A site which unlocks the vast treasures of the worldwide web, a source of endless entertainment and information, Google’s beautiful twin sister. That’s right. I’m talking about StumbleUpon.

If you are not familiar with, this is pretty much how it works: you sign up for an account (which is free) or log on with Facebook and then enter your interests, ranging from weight loss to Carribean. Once you’ve done this little people inside the computer rapidly work to process these interests and find websites that relate. Every time you press the stumble button a new website pops up. If you like the website, via the “I like it!” button, the site is saved to your favorites so it can be accessed later.

Not only does StumbleUpon provide entertainment for hours on end, it also gives you something to talk about with your friends. Soon all conversations will begin with, “I was stumbling yesterday” because this site is going to take over the world. I have also learned a lot from stumbling. For example, did you know that regular consumption of omega-3’s (salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts) has been proven to fight depression and reduce anxiety? You would if you were me and you had been stumbling since you could walk.

A stumbler has the option of focusing on just one interest, such as horses, or including all interests to make the results completely random and often quite strange. If you don’t like something the little people inside the computer give you, simply press the thumbs down button and you will never have to see it again.

As with most sites these days, you are able to share all of your findings with the worthy citizens of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Half the fun of stumbling is sharing what you have discovered with friends, family, and of course strangers.

In addition, you can find friends on StumbleUpon and view their favorites, which is not at all creepy.

So the next time you’re bored, grab the closest pair of hiking shoes and get to stumbling.