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Gadgets, Gizmos and the Right to be Bored

Last edited 18th May 2010

Gadgets, Gizmos and the Right to be Bored

It's as though the citizens of the twenty-first century have decided that human beings have a new right, the right never to experience so much as a moment's lapse in the onslaught of entertainment and information with which we surround ourselves. If we're aware of any tedium, the fault is a simple one to remedy: we just need the latest electronic device to fill those moments of inactivity and keep us from ennui.

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Barbara Therese Lachmanek
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Barbara Therese Lachmanek wrote at 10:44pm on May 18th 2010
When I was a kid, we didn't have all these electronic devices. Even now, with each member of my family having different electronic gizmos, we still have conversations when on long car rides (which is to just about anywhere) and my sister and I have always been taught to continue to use our imaginations to solve problems and to use any "boredom" time to think and to pray.

People these days have been taught that silence is not good at all. We have to always have some kind of noise or piece of media talking to us at all times.