Since we own it, the smartphone has became an extension of our body. At the first hint of boredom throughout the day, we instinctively grab it and start scrolling social media pages, typing instant messages, checking the mail, or playing the latest game. In the Society of the Simulation in which we are living there is no room for ennui, we don’t experience a moment of mental non-operational time anymore.
Recent studies found that, on a daily basis, we check the smartphone 150 times and spend an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes on mobile devices.
To get us rethink our relationship with technology, New Tech City launched the Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art Of Spacing Out project. The idea is to ask people to measure their smartphone use with an app called Moment and then take some conscious steps to limit the digital interactions. The challenge will take place the first week of February, but you can already sign up.
Are you willing to stop the constant brain stimulation and let yourself get bored?