How much does technology impact us in our daily lives? Quite a bit. Our brains are becoming wired to technology, but does your brain really need it? No. What is boredom? Boredom is the state of being bored; bored being to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.; finally, dullness is not lively or spirited, listless (Dictionary.com).
How can our lives be filled with things not filled with life or spirit? It can’t. There is constant movement, there is constant action, everything is lively. How should we view boredom? Preston mentions it, “See boredom as the starting point for creativity, insight and adventure….See it as an opportunity….See it as freedom.”
When I was in China last fall I watched a teenage girl on a Beijing subway say goodbye to a friend getting off at a stop. As soon as they had waved goodbye and the doors closed, the girl pulled out her phone and began thumbing away.
This reminded me that these days, all around the world, it no longer looks “normal” to be doing nothing — even on trains, in elevators, in waiting rooms, standing in lines, or walking down the street.
Since we can now bring our personal entertainment environments with us everywhere in the form of phones, tablets and headgear (like Google Glass), all locations and situations are becoming our personal entertainment environments.
We no longer have to be bored in traditionally boring situations…and are likely never to be bored again.
That’s great, right? Or is it…
The continually advancing capabilities of devices (and the media hype…
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