Why Being Bored Is Better Than Killing Time On Social Media

German philosopher Walter Benjamin once noted that boredom is the “dream bird that hatches experience’s eggs.” Researchers assert that social media kills off creative flights of fancy, which often result from boredom.

Experts warn that mindlessly scrolling through attention-grabbing posts, videos, and threads prevents people from building up what experts call “profound boredom.” Instead, people are bored superficially, which does not stimulate their creativity.

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Social Media Makes Boredom Worse

Due to restrictions, boredom was more likely during the pandemic, according to University of Bath researchers. Social media became a way to pass the time for those trapped in a monotonous routine of daily walks, television, and grocery trips. The study’s co-author, Dr. Timothy Hill, a Bath associate professor, said: “Social media can relieve superficial boredom.” Dr. Hill said, ” Distractions take time and energy and may prevent people from reaching a state of profound boredom when they could discover new passions.”

Boredom That Is Superficial And Profound

Martin Heidegger, the German philosopher, identified superficial boredom and profound boredom. People get simple boredom while waiting for trains, which is the most common state of boredom. People seek temporary distractions in those moments and often turn to phones and social media. Nevertheless, experts said it prevents people from becoming bored.

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How Do I Want To Spend My Life?

The study found that when people fell into profound boredom, they questioned their purpose and choices, prompting them to seek new experiences. Boredom has triggered the work of many artists and writers, including JK Rowling and Neil Gaiman. Dr. Hill observed that switching off devices and engaging in a “digital detox” could motivate people to take up new hobbies. When people think and develop undistractedly, profound boredom can be highly positive.