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Hey Useful Idiots,
We’re playing everyone’s favorite game: Innate or Invented! Today’s topic: Boredom! And now, here’s your host: someone who’s been pretty bored lately!
Here’s where the argument started. Take someone entrenched in today’s world of smartphones, flashing ads, social media, and increasingly-short-form entertainment, all designed to shorten their attention span. What would happen if they dropped everything and moved to a remote village with no phones or computers? Would they be bored to death, or is there a way to become free of boredom?
When I compare myself to someone who lived 1000 years ago, I assume they didn’t also struggle to sit in silence for 20 minutes without looking at their phone. Did people without instant and constant access to games and videos and Twitter get bored? And if I moved to a tiny island Banshees of Inisherin style, would I, after a period of withdrawal, learn to not be bored again?
You reading this may be that person who lives off-the-grid, spending hours each day watching the wind blow the grass to and fro. You may also be a short-attention-span-constant-scrolling-phone-addict. I’d like to hear all your theories. Is boredom a human trait, or have we been trained to need distraction? Can I hope to one day live free of my phone and computer, or am I trapped?
Join Katie and me at 12pm est on the Substack app to share your theories. Here’s the prompt:
Is boredom innate or invented? Would we still get bored if we weren’t trained with constant access to distraction? Is there a way to re-learn and reset?
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