We live in an age in which we are often 10 seconds and a few taps away from entertainment and socialising. YouTube. Picassa. Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. We wake up and dive into that world within moments. The whole world is literally only as far away as our smartphones are.
Now, have you ever taken time to ask yourself why, with all this access, you often get bored? Music? Check. Video? Check. Social media contacts? Check, check, check. If I got a dollar for every time someone has tweeted or shared with me how they are bored, I’d be a dollar millionaire by now.
Perhaps we are missing something. Perhaps life is not meant to be lived primarily through an interface – a gadget screen. Perhaps there really is more to life than having thousands of followers and connection on social media and watching video after video streamed.
We cannot win the battle against boredom by engaging in more passivity, which is often what our dependence on connected technology fosters. When was the last time you were bored on a day out with family or friends engaging in activities that you love? When was the last time that you were bored being a part of a team executing a dream project? When last did you get bored playing your favourite game or sports activity?
I am sure that connected technology is a blessing with huge benefits. But just perhaps there is a reality that connected technology cannot replicate or substitute. Or perhaps the human race is just really badly screwed up and boredom is ultimately what we are destined for.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.