7 Reasons Why Boredom Is Good For You

August 6, 2014 12:11 PM

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7 Reasons Why Boredom Is Good For You

To rework an old Jean-Paul Sartre line: If you're bored when you're alone, you're in bad company. Boredom itself isn't a sign that you need some distraction; it's a sign that you've grown addicted to distractions and you need to develop a rich interior life. Below, the seven reasons you'll want to take a few moments this August to cast your gaze away from the digital maelstrom and confront your "boring" (and amazing) analog life.

1. Because Pride and Prejudice is not a Tumblr feed We've managed to turn the solitary and quiet act of reading into something social and hyper-stimulating: We rate books and review them on GoodReads, we flip back-and-forth between a digital text and its hyper-linked content, we share favorite stori...

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