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In a constantly plugged-in world, it’s not all bad to be bored

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“In an environment where we are constantly overstimulated, it’s hard to find ways to engage when the noise shuts down.”

We’re always entertained if we have our Internet-connected devices around.  There’s intentionally something to do:  socialize on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, check email, play a game, view new apps, read, browse the net, SMS, and so on.

We can go in and out of the list above all day because there’s always new content.

The only time we really get bored is when we don’t have our devices.  That’s when we get really antsy.  We start thinking about all the things we’re missing online and how great it’s going to feel when we can reconnect.

But when we remove the devices and let the mind actually pursue ennui and wonder, we actually begin to ponder about our environment. We also realize how fast our mind shifts between different thoughts.

Meditation is a great way to challenge boredom and refocus the mind.  The constant bombardment of uncontrollable thoughts during meditation reminds us of how vulnerable our brains are to distraction and how susceptible we are to quick fix attention through addictive technology.

It’s hard to get back to a state of boredom in a hyper-connected world.  We can hardly remember what we did in dull moments pre-Internet.  Boredom is now something we have to control and practice deliberately, not the other way around.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.