This morning I read and Article by Julie Shiels called Rediscovering Boredom in the Age or the Smartphone. A pretty interesting read for most of us these days.
I will have to admit, I do find that unless I am driving on long roads, now I rarely daydream like I used to (fully in control and alert, just how my brain works!), I hardly do deep thinking and anything like observing or people-watching is gone. There is always something to do, mostly as Shiels point out on technology, such as smart phones, tablets and laptops.
Sheils goes on to talk about how stopping, putting away her phone while waiting and looking around her for a change she started noticing different things. Things like colour use, textures and the shape and forms of her surroundings. In a slight irony she was getting her phone out to take photos of these interests and found she was looking a lot at the “non space” as coined by Marc Auge, places that that we may sit, lean and wait without notice. This then became a hobby for Sheils and the subject of her photos.
In Sheils bordom of not having the empty reward of her smart phone, she found a creative thing to do that has now developed into a hobby and passion.
I think this is a good thing for as all to do, the phrase “what did we do before mobile phones” has been thrown around a lot. The answer, we was far more connected to our surroundings, the people near us and with ourselves.
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2 thoughts on “Reading: Waiting: Rediscovering Boredom in the Age of the Smartphone”
If I think I am bored or even when I am not I reach for my phone but I am trying to practise different activities. Thank you for sharing your personal experience.
Lauren – bournemouthgirl
Thank you for your comment Lauren.
I’ve been switching to Grey Scale when I’m not trying to do something on it to stop me wanting to use it. I’ve also been trying to be more present or get something productive done instead of ideal scrolling.
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