The reason why I have tackled this idea of boredom becoming extinct, is because as we move deeper and deeper online, we find ourselves getting more and more interested in those things that are of profound interest to us. Everyone is interested in something, so as the deep learning of the computers in front of us assimilate what it is that really arouses our curiosity, it will be increasingly difficult to pull away from these areas of information. This in turn means that so long as we can connect to the internet, we will in fact and inevitably, never get bored.
But the concept of boredom has been given a bad rap in the past, particularly by teachers and parents. Boredom has been the bane of the teenager’s life, and the torture of their parents. It truly is a crying shame that so many of its benefits have been misconstrued as sheer laziness to think deeper.
However as stated in the Huffpost blog, there are many great benefits to boredom. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/7-ways-boredom-can-be-goo_n_3055006.html . To highlight these quickly, they are as follows:
- Will remove you from a technology addiction
- Will force you into being creative
- Take you on a journey of discovering new interests
- Help you to relax your mind and day dream the ‘what ifs’ of life
- Supports relief of stress
But ultimately too often boredom has been the underlying motivator of the whimsical thought. A fanciful reflection is often imaginative, original and truly creative, no matter how crazy or impractical it may seem. Whimsical thinking often connects people with humour, inanity, and stupidity. E.g. so many bored teenagers did the weirdest of things simply because they were bored. Some outcomes were dangerous and deadly, some were of no consequence at all, and some actually took the person to another level of understanding about themselves and the environment that they may have never considered if they were too engrossed in something else.
Boredom in fact plays a vital role in our humanness and our complexity. It breaks down our set patterns of thinking and forces the ridiculous upon us. It helps us to stray into areas of the unknown that may have never occurred to us and open a door to a possibility that may give short term temporary satisfaction or break into an area that explores something new.
Whichever way we look at things, we must always ask the question – will boredom ever become extinct? If we truly believe it will, it’s going to be a truly sad day for the creative world indeed.