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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 these zones often display, they become spatial and visual white noise.
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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.
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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We do almost anything to avoid feeling bored.
As soon as our interest in an activity begins to decline we quickly turn to playing games, replying to messages, or engaging with some other easily-accessible distraction. We do this to avoid the mental discomfort of boredom. We're never too far...
We may tend to think of boredom as a response to monotonous activities. But boredom isn't this clearcut.
Research reveals that there's a significant variation in how much boredom each person can deal with.
Boreout is when we are chronically bored by our work to the point of our work feeling utterly pointless.
Factors that can cause chronic boredom includes:
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