Have you ever felt the boredom? I guess everybody will say ‘yes’, especially for the people who are living in this era. When smartphone and gadgets become so important for everyone’s living.
When many people said that gadget is a stuff to reduces the boredom, but somehow they never thought that gadget its self was a source of the boredom; especially smartphone. Addicting of smartphone would make us enjoy in accessing and using it; anytime and anywhere we have opportunity or even we haven’t opportunity then we make it possible to use it.
Have you ever asked your self, how many times you check your instagram/facebook/twitter’s account in a day? Once, twice, ten times, or maybe hundred times? For what reason you always checking it? What would you like to do when you’re boring? Checking the social media, exactly : switching from one apps to another apps. Then we become a multi tasker.
I know people will judge me like a sarcastic people. But ok, then I write here at least to remind my self. From a seminar I heard that Dr. Daniel Levitin, neuroscience researcher said : everytime you shift your attention from one thing to another, the brain has to engage a neurochemical switch that uses up nutrients in the brain to accomplish that. If you’re attempting to multitask, doing four or five things at once, you’re not actually doing four or five things at once, because the brain doesn’t work that way. Instead, you rapidly shifting from one thing to the next, depleting neural resources as you go. Switching it with using a glucose but we have a limited supply of that stuff.
Through this post, actually I’d like to share about the boredom. I mentioned smartphone because nowadays people didn’t want to feel the boredom by accessing smartphone (too much). Manoush Zomorodi in one TED Talk session explained, “when we get bored, we ignite a network in our brain called the “default mode”. So our body, it goes on the autopilot when we’re boring, but actually that is when our brain gets really busy”. Let’s say when we’re boring, our brain is in the smartest and best condition to be used, right?. .
Dr. Sandi Mann, boredom researcher said: once you start daydreaming and allow your mind to really wander, you start thinking a little bit beyond the conscious, a little bit into the subconscious, which allows sort of different connections to take place, it’s really awesome actually. Is it positive, isn’t it?
So what we should do? Should we switch off our smartphone along the day, so we will get the boredom easily? Nope, here I want to invite you – together with me, to start to reduce our wasting time on smartphone to make it more productive. Yes, I know. Changing people’s behaviour in such a short time period is ridiculously ambitious.
But, a year ago, when I was still being a Pengajar Muda; living in a place that lack of internet access or even signal of mobile network, I lived happily and more productive than when I have come back to live in town. In often I miss that moments and now I am trying to make it become a reality.
Researchers at USC have found, they’re studying teenagers who are on social media while they’re talking to their friends or they’re doing homework, they are less creative and imaginative about their own personal futures and about solving societal problems. Whereas, CEOs in an IBM survey identified creativity as the number one leadership competency.
This, what I worried if it will happen to my children in my previous deployment area in their future. Because I know they are naturally great.
So, one of my focus in the future is also about the digital literacy : teaching people, especially kids, how to use technology to improve their lives and to self-regulate to be more productive. Because if they don’t decide how they’re going to use the technology, the platform will decide for them. They will become a slave pf the technology.
So, now let the boredom come to your life and just enjoy it.
This writing was inspired by Manoush Zomorodi a Journalist, when she was a speaker in one TED Talk session. Hopefully it will inspire you too.