if something truly grabs our attention, we don’t think about our devices in our pockets or purses. We’re not going to click away from a heart-to-heart conversation, or an amazing band’s live set, or, sure, the sun setting over the mountains, if that’s what thrills us. But just as consumers are no longer stuck reading and watching content from a few meagre sources as they were in the bad old days of traditional media, people are no longer limited to interacting with just the world in front of them.
As a close friend once told me, “people today want the experience without the experience.”
We can live vicariously through our phones, and sometimes it’s just more exciting than our surroundings.
But practicing boredom allows for the mind to turn off and hopefully wander. We need to do more daydreaming.