Growing up, being bored was almost always a normal part of the day. It was a predicament we all had to endure but somehow found a way to play to make it go away. The games may end up being too monotonous and we just slowly disperse in boredom. Now with the age of internet, things have begun to change. We are immersed in information 24/7 and sometimes we even forget all those extremely boring days we had growing up.
The most hilarious aspect of talking about childhood is telling the younger generation games that we played. It ranges for ‘suwe’ (I don’t know if I spelt that right), skipping rope, ten-ten and so many more. But now everything has become visual. The average six years old child can download and play games on a tab. A child picks up your phone and the first thing they go around looking for will be a game. If you don’t have one, then they will download it for you. This makes me wonder, what have we being missing out on in this internet age? Is it possible to ever experience painstaking boredom like when we were kids?
I am sure most people will nod and think that there are intense boring moments even in the digital age, but I don’t think so. We can scroll through our Facebook feeds, Instagram and snaps and don’t even realise how much time has passed. You get bored and log off but five minutes later you have picked up your phone and you are back on the social sites. We are in a different time where we have information everywhere and at any time. Why then will you ever remember to be bored?
When was the last time you turned off your phone for 24-hours? You will be thinking ‘what if there is an emergency?’. Yeah, I agree with that thought but also, you might have gone a whole week without there being any emergency. Why will it just happen the day you decide to turn off your phone. Okay, let’s say 24 hours is extreme. Have you tried watching a movie that’s roughly 2 hours without checking your Instagram or some social site or messenger. This is one thing that totally gets me overwhelmed at the cinema. So, I am sitting there trying to pay attention in a dark cinema and there has to be someone in front with the brightest screen lights ever chatting away. Why come to the cinema then? At least have the decency to reduce the brightness of your screen for the sake of those around.
The end point is that we are slowly losing sight of what a quiet, boring day. Boredom is seen as something negative. However, it has been noticed that the most creative ideas flourish during times like this. Basically, staring at a screen all day will deprive you from daydreaming, thinking or have real life intimate moments. It is only when you can remove yourself from the digital world that you might be able to form a complete thought that is not affected by the amount of likes it gets on Facebook. Be bored and get to actually think.
Written by Nkem Ikeh
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