An Epidemic of Boredom

It’s not just kids who are spending large parts of their days playing games on their devices. Sadly, it is adults too. So, how can we teach our kids to not be as bored and uncomfortable with ourselves?

According to an Internet study, 53 percent of all adults now play games online, with one in five playing every day or almost every day. The average young person racks up 10,000 hours of gaming before he reaches the age of twenty-one. This is about the same about of time he will spend in middle school and high school combined!

We are all gaming with intensity, striving to avoid the frightening plague of our time. We are striving to avoid boredom to such a degree that we will keep busy instead of just trying to take a few minutes to take a few deep breaths.

In the digital age, boredom is a danger that is always stalking us in the shadows. In an effort to stave it off, we fill every minute with some form of entertainment and technological connection.

Even our technology is now falling victim to the threat of boredom as we are in increasing need of companion technologies to supplement our primary source of distraction. It is not uncommon for people to be interacting with several screens simultaneously. It seems that one form of distraction is no longer enough.

Therefore, being by ourselves is something that we are avoiding at all costs. And we are teaching our kids to do the same. The problem is that while we are alone and in solitude is when we are most creative and when we come up with new ideas and intuitions. Without this free time, we are robbing ourselves of this pleasure.

In the process, we are also robbing our children from being creative by teaching them that being connected all the time is not only okay but to be preferred. But how are we teaching our children to be self-reliant with this need to be connected and the fear of having space to think and be? Are our children losing their instinct and ability to be creative and imaginative on their own without stimulation?

As parents, we have to show our children the importance of being alone and unplugged. We can only show our kids how to do this by modeling a proper relationship with technology where we are unplugged and giving ourselves some time to just rest and be.

So, the next time you reach for your phone when you should be connecting with your kids and family, realize that you are possibly robbing your children of something that is innately theirs-the ability to be creative and to be their own best friend one who is not bored with their own company.

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