I’m bored! Seriously, I can think of absolutely nothing to do. I was so bored in fact, that I decided to dedicate a post to boredom.
I found the best description for boredom on howstuffworks.com:
Boredom is an emotional oxymoron. Your mind itches for something to do, but your body doesn’t respond.
Being bored is like being trapped in your own mental limits. You could do something, but you just have no clue what to do. It’s extremely frustrating but I’m sure anyone reading this realizes that. So, what’s the point of boredom? Why do we feel this way at all? Well, you can’t stop life from being occasionally boring. That’s life. You can jump out of a plane but you’d still have to wait behind traffic on the way home. But what if you’re constantly bored for days or weeks at a time? That boredom is your mind telling you that something needs to change and change fast. You can’t waste your life doing nothing and feeling nothing but bored. Being bored is a signal to yourself that you’re in a situation of no meaning to you. So while being bored for long periods of time is your own mind telling you that your life sucks right now, it’s also giving you that shove to make a change. Don’t let your life be meaningless. You’re bored. Do something about it.
According to the New York Times, modern television can be beneficial. (Shocking, I know. If you don’t believe me, I’ll provide a link to this article at the end of this post. Warning, it’s a bit lengthy.) Basically, the article states that today’s shows are much more intricate than in previous decades; and because of a more thought provoking plot, we engage more parts of our brain, using it more frequently, thus, making us smarter. The article is from 2005, but considering it claims more modern TV shows have more complexity, the article should logically increase in validity as television evolves. So, how does this claim consider the awful reality TV and other such nonsense we are subjected to? Well, even though some shows that are around today are still rather simple (to say the least), they are still packed with more information than most shows back then. Today,”You have to focus to follow the plot, and in focusing you’re exercising the parts of your brain that map social networks, that fill in missing information, that connect multiple narrative threads.”. So, while this isn’t necessarily proven, it does make quite a bit of sense that TV, in some way, can make you smarter (or at the very lest, make you use your brain more often). So who’s going to run to their mom screaming that she lied to you and television won’t rot your brain?
PS – If you do read the article, I’d love to hear your opinion on it 🙂 Especially the last section “The Rewards of Smart Culture” Is our culture becoming more intelligent?
NY TIMES ARTICLE