June 10, 2019
Do you remember doing nothing since the advent of Smartphones. I don’t. And doing nothing include
staring at a wall, or the clock, or anything
which requires minimum brain effort use for an elongated period.
Through Smartphones, you can talk to anyone anytime and from anywhere, can order food online, can book
a cab, can learn something online yet there
are two faces of a coin and we now need to understand about the dark side of these ‘smartphones’ to use
them in the most productive way.
Mobile phones are a great facilitator in this era but they also have a downside which lately has been in
the limelight. One important downside being
that we have forgotten getting bored. We have made it our habit to get a constant stimulus from swiping
and scrolling the feeds and just going from
one post to another and then one app to another. How is it degrading our creativity will be answered in
this blog post.
Things which promote boredom:
- Walking on the same path
- Doing laundry
- Cooking the same food often
- Writing the same thing repeatedly
- Writing the same thing repeatedly
The list is endless. Google -‘Getting bored the right way’
It is our primal habit to keep our brain active. From the days of the earliest humans
,this trait is observed as they always used to look for ways to survive by looking for prey and
We get very uncomfortable when we are not using our brains too much and this trait has been leveraged by
engineers of the different social-media platforms to increase traffic.
This primal instinct of shifting our focus is helpful to social-media apps as they keep on engaging
us with new content to focus on and we keep on shifting our focus making it a hard habit to move away
Neuroscientists throughout the world condemn multi-tasking. What people think is that while
are doing multiple things at once. But in reality, they are just rapidly shifting their focus from one
another and depleting their neuro-resources, which is not available in abundance, by-the-way.
According to one study, our attention span at work has depleted by about 4 times in the last one
Now, don’t panic. The harsh truth has been spoken and now is the time to bring back the creativity but:
Then you won’t be able to work even for 2 hours a day. Who is going to manage your business then.Keep a
check on your health.
Exercising everyday has a number of benefits including:
Even though, this state of boredom is agonising, it has its own benefits like our mind looks for ways
concentrate on things which are easily available.
In an experiment, people were divided into two groups. Group A was asked to copy the entries from a
phonebook onto a page.
Group B wasn’t given any task. After this boring task, members of both the groups were asked to give
ideas as to what can
be done with cups. In any situation, The people of Group A performed much better and gave more ideas
than Group B.!
Boredom researcher Dr Sandi Mann says, “Once you start daydreaming and allow your mind to really
wander, you start thinking a
little bit beyond the conscious, little bit into the subconscious which allows, sort of, different
connections to take place.”
Basically, doing mundane tasks makes our mind wander and switch into its ‘Default Mode Network’.
It is the state of our mind when we think about things without actually being intentional of the subject
on which we are
pondering. While in this default mode, our brain basically performs these tasks:
While our mind is in this default mode, we usually get the time to think about what we are doing,how we
how can we improve our efficiency, and even of our goals and the ways to achieve them. This is important
as we start
thinking of how long life is and we understand how doing things with micro results in focus is not worth
it and the effect
of others opinions on our results fade away.
It is doing things for the society while being selfless. In a way, even hurting yourself to be good
towards the society becomes an option.
Blood donation is a prime example. Most people who donate blood are away from the Smartphones. And since
they don’t have anything better to do,
the idea of donating blood takes over. Charity also works the same way.
Adrian Savage, an editor at the online life coach site, www.lifehack.org. states, "Boredom is nearly
always essential to creativity.
It isn't true that creativity is mostly sparked by having a specific problem to be solved. It's far more
likely to arise because
the person is bored with the way something has been done a thousand times before and wants to try
something new. Boredom stimulates
the search for better ways to do things like nothing else does." That Million dollar idea which you
haven’t received from the Divine
source yet is waiting for you to get bored. Try it for a Million dollars, people.
When we are bored, we tend to wander in our thoughts, towards the things our mind thinks are important.
If you have had a bad
fight with your girlfriend and it is in the back of the mind then when you are bored, like while going
to bed, your brain
starts to focus on what to do in this relationship. Whether you want to be with your significant other
or not (bonus tip: pick this one).
How you can improve your emotional spillage? And it even helps us to make decisions relating to our job,
career, kids, food, movies etc.
It makes us think intensely on important things. When we get bored, we do the real thinking. We doubt
our decisions and it is very
important as most of our decisions are bad. Really Bad.
Now that we have already bought ourselves time by using YourHour application, why not use it
judiciously to get bored?
Smartphones have decreased our creativity as we are spending more time scrolling through feed than we
spend getting bored and, maybe, we need to look back and relax a bit and start watching the clock tick
for an hour. And if someone asks you, “What are you doing?’, you can say, “I am getting bored.”, and
share this article with them.
When was the last time you were bored? Comment down below.Till the next blog. Enjoy your Time. Cheers!