Technology would be a hindrance to our creativity by freeing us from boredom

While deep boredom appears to be a negative concept, researchers are convinced otherwise. Boredom would have an intense positive effect and make us progress to a zone of creativity.

According to this study, the distraction offered by social networks prevents us from entering a deep and complete state of boredom. While the latter may be innovation-friendly, it is easily stopped by a glance into our smartphones.

Timothy Hill, a sociologist at the University of Bath in the UK, and his team looked at the lives of 15 people during the coronavirus pandemic. These people received either salary during absencebe one invitation to work from home during the pandemic. This is how researchers have discovered another negative side of social networks.

Deep boredom would be a highly profitable situation

The results of the structured interviews reveal that the participants experienced deep boredom provoking feelings of restlessness and emptiness. At the same time they found renewed interest and passion for more activities to fill this void.

“We must recognize that the pandemic has been a tragic, destructive and all-consuming experience for thousands of less fortunate people, but we all know the stories of people who have been locked down, who have found new hobbies, new careers or new directions in life. »


The researchers point out that few people enjoy inactivity for long periods. In these times they would come back systematic on social networks, especially since the latter represented practical communication tools in these times of crisis. But the authors invite us to reflect on how social media influence our way of thinking.

“The problem we observed is that social media can alleviate superficial boredom, but this distraction consumes time and energy and can prevent people from developing into a state of deep boredom where they could discover new passions. »


A creative mind thrives on boredom

Over the past few decades, humans have developed all sorts of technologies to stave off boredom. Actually our mind can be distracted All day long without respite. For the man of our time, losing oneself in one’s thoughts now presents itself as one choice.

Martin Heidegger, the German philosopher, was aware of this and talked about it in his lectures 100 years ago. He said it boredom is an extremely important part of lifewhich must be cultivated.

Other studies have also suggested that the boredom and wandering associated with a free spirit is basic creativity, which might explain why our good ideas come to us in the bath. The researchers behind this latest study plan to dig deeper into the subject.

“Those who deal with digital detoxes may well be on the right track. »




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