Waiting: rediscovering boredom in the age of the smartphone
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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