Whenever I read an article on the web, I either click on the links in the article or search for more information about the topic, ending up very far from the original article. Is there a term for this act of jumping through links?
(This habit is known as Mindless browsing.
There is even a word for it:)
The theory is that, even though we might go online with a specific purpose in mind, the potential choices and distractions are so many and varied that they cause us to lose track of what we were looking for. Shopping, travel and news websites are allegedly among the most likely to cause people to wilf.
I think you can use the expression
to spend time visiting a lot of websites:
- He spends a lot of time surfing the internet/Net/Web.