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Waiting: rediscovering boredom in the age of the smartphone

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Smartphones and our perception of time

Smartphones have changed the way we fill our time while waiting. Every moment of potential boredom can now be directed to modes of entertainment or other distractions.

Consequently, day-dreaming, thinking, speculating, observing, and people-watching are diminishing.

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Non-places refer to spaces formed with certain ends (transport, commerce, leisure).

We often stand, lean or sit in these transitory public spaces hunched over our smartphones, but we don't experience them as places. Instead of noticing the rich detail...

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A bored mind is more likely to seek out activities that engage the brain.

Instead of using electronic devices to distract ourselves, we could see boredom as an invitation to look up and around, to people-watch, daydream, or to take the time to observe the world around us.

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