Are You Bored? | Zach Dean

September 3, 2014 7:59 PM

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Are You Bored? | Zach Dean

On our morning commute to work, a colleague and I play a game called "Train Face." The rules are simple: We board the train at the same time and the first person to see someone smiling wins. Not surprisingly, we often go miles with no smiles, the winner usually spotting a vacation smile as we near Union Square. Interestingly, what makes the game most difficult to win is not a plague of the "Monday's." It is the inability to see anybody's face properly. Most people have their chin tucked into their chest, eyes glued to a phone, passing time with the Internet. It dawned on me with the technology in our pocket we always have something we could be doing, and it got me thinking, "Is anyone ever bored anymore?"

Boredom is a state of weariness from being unoccupied or from lacking interest in our current activity. By disconnecting from our environment and connecting with our e-vironment we do not give boredom enough time to set in. Once dropped into our device we can always be occupied, and before we can ti...

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