Technology : Bored Out Of Our Mind, Body And Spirit Essay example

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Technology Pitfalls: Bored Out of Our Mind, Body and Spirit
“Boredom is your mind and body’s way of telling you you’re not living up to your potential.” - Hal Sparks

Researcher John Eastwood (York University, Ontario) and colleagues define boredom as "an aversive state of wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity" (Rader 1). There is good and bad in everything and boredom is no exception. Boredom has become pervasive in response to technology, this technology induced boredom has played a huge role in today’s culture. Our lives have become bound together by an entanglement of electronics. The items intended to entertain, assist and even protect us are also harmful if not used with care. Has the old school belief that boredom spawns creativity, physical well being and fosters delayed gratification; been replaced with brain syndromes, physical ailments and lack of impulse control? Has the pendulum swung so far that boredom, and the ability to circumvent it, cause more harm than good?
The word spirit is derived from the Latin spiritus (breath) and so; inspiration or breath of life. Parents have an innate desire to “breathe life” into their child and to nurture them to independence. Children often proclaim the “I’m bored report”. Instead of defaulting to a hi-tech distraction, modern parents are beginning to understand that technology actually interferes with a child’s ability to nurture and develop their own creativity. Just as Plato once said, “Necessity is…

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