PRINT February 1999

David S. Bennahum

THE WEB IS TRULY useful for only two things: research and wasting time. While “electronic commerce” sites struggle to get online with better, faster ways to shop and Wall Street swoons over hot Internet stocks, I enjoy myself with ever-more exquisite ways to waste my time online—and if time is money, well, I guess my enterprise is bankrupt. But if time well spent is measured in units of pleasure, then the links that follow are richer than any Internet IPO. Guaranteed to lead to unproductive hours of enjoyable clicking, visits to these sites must elude detection by the bean counters at the office.

David S. Bennahum is a contributing editor of Wired and the author of Extra Life: Coming of Age in Cyberspace (Basic Books, 1998). For more information, visit his book’s website at