Here’s Aldous Huxley writing in 1936:
To a considerable extent browsing has become, for almost all of us, an addiction, like cigarette-smoking. We browse, most of the time, not because we wish to instruct ourselves, not because we long to have our feelings touched and our imaginations fired, but because browsing is one of our bad habits, because we suffer when we have time to spare and no websites with which to plug the void.
OK, Huxley has “reading/printed matter” rather than “browsing/websites”. But the thought is surely even more true now.