Why Being Bored Is Good | The Walrus


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Technology keeps us constantly stimulated. What do we lose when we no longer have nothing to do?
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2 days ago by sajith
Boredom, especially the species of it that I am going to label “neoliberal,” depends for its force on the workings of an attention economy in which we are mostly willing participants. In the form of pervasive distraction and proffered connection or communication, social media and other online mechanisms act to harvest our attention. Sites are rated for number of hits, or stickiness, while those from whom the attention is reaped congratulate themselves on likes, retweets, and high numbers of friends or followers. In all these acts, we do the attention economy’s work. But it is not the specific platform or medium that lies at the root of this eerie economy in which we are made to feed upon ourselves, turning desire and attention themselves into commodities we give away for free. Rather, it is the Interface: the complex and often invisible set of relations that conjoins individuality, longing, technology, and structural interests. Not all Interfaces are linked to screens but all are linked to selves and their desires. Our self-commodification within the attention economy makes us unwitting labourers for capital. It also makes us serial sufferers of boredom, too often addicted to means that falsely promise alleviation and bring only repetition. Here we sit, shadow selves, hollowed out from within by alienation from our own attention.
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5 days ago by basemaly
B oredom is one of the most common human experiences, yet it seems continually to defy complete understanding. We all know what it is to feel bored, but what…
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7 days ago by michaelfox
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8 days ago by ravivyas
Boredom is one of the most common human experiences, yet it seems continually to defy complete understanding. We all know what it is to feel bored, but what exactly prompts, constitutes, or follows from the condition of boredom is far less obvious.
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8 days ago by edgaron
B oredom is one of the most common human experiences, yet it seems continually to defy complete understanding. We all know what it is to feel bored, but what…
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9 days ago by mattl
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9 days ago by mybeky
“Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape,” Fromm wrote in Man for Himself, confronting what he regarded as the “paralysis of our productive powers” that issues from the experience of boredom as an unavoidable part of that problem.

Schopenhauer in The World as Will and Representation, “Swings like a pendulum to and fro between pain and boredom, and these two are in fact its ultimate constituents.”
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9 days ago by mngful
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9 days ago by rukku
B oredom is one of the most common human experiences, yet it seems continually to defy complete understanding. We all know what it is to feel bored, but what…
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9 days ago by Shurs