Home / Tech Gadgets & Electronics / Mobiles / How the smartphone is preventing us from getting bored … and watching the world
How the smartphone is preventing us from getting bored ... and watching the world

How the smartphone is preventing us from getting bored … and watching the world

The smart phones have changed the way we inhabit public space and, more specifically, how we fill our time while we wait.

That means that we no longer get bored, almost never. But also that we stop looking at what happens around us, that we examine what surrounds us, that we reflect, that we assimilate the places we travel to .

It was smartphone

Every moment of potential boredom can now be improved or avoided by all kinds of tasks, entertainment modes or other distractions provided by a mini computer that we always carry in our pocket.

Photography 801891 960 720

The writer and anthropologist Marc Auge has coined the term “no places” to refer to spaces formed in relation to certain purposes (transport, transit, commerce, leisure). We sit regularly in these transient public spaces bent over our smartphones, while traveling to both material and digital destinations “without experiencing them as places”.

But looking around is important, even the “no places”. The urge to recognize patterns , consciously or unconsciously, is connected to the human brain and was a critical survival skill when hominids got up and started walking.

Recent psychological studies have expanded our understanding of the creative benefits of being bored . “Boredom becomes a state that seeks,” suggests psychologist Heather Lench , because the boring mind is more likely to seek activities that involve the reward center of the brain.

We constantly use electronic devices to distract us from the tedium associated with waiting. Instead, we might see boredom as an invitation to look up and then look around, observe people, daydream or take time to observe and develop our own pattern recognition beyond hyperlinks and labels.

We can then discover a space where a new poetics resides. Contemplate, observe, get bored even, so that our brain finds patterns and understands the world in a different way. That should be the philosophy when traveling. Leave the smartphone a little behind.

About Nick Fury

Hi, I am Nick! Apart from being a loving husband and a father of one, I dedicate myself to manage a company full time. Writing is my passion, I started writing a blog some 10 years ago, now reviving this passion again, I would love to express my views and takes on day to day stuff, hope you guys enjoy! Do share your thoughts.

Check Also

Trump and Xi Jinping

Bad News For Huawei And Apple: Trump Orders Companies To Start Looking For Alternatives To China

When it seemed that the trade war between the United States and China had not intensified enormously, today both powers have taken …

%d bloggers like this: