As our world continues to find ways to move faster and communicate more efficiently, we, as a society, are moving backwards and have become over communicated and under connected.
With news sources constantly updating, social media outlets and phones always at hand, we, and our brains, receive a large amount of information in just one day. When do we have a second to sit idle and just be bored?
When we are at home by ourselves for a portion of the day or find ourselves driving in silence from place to place, we usually still seem to be worried about the buzz of a phone, and are still not just sitting in silence.
I would argue that this silence, this boredom, or even just a time to let our brains rest, is vital to not only our mental wellness, but to creativity.
Before technology interrupted the silence, people communicated face-to-face sitting over a meal or on their front porch. Today we are losing that. We are losing face-to-face communication and we are losing time by ourselves without distraction.
Rarely does one have 30 minutes to their selves of pure quiet anymore. We look at our phones before we go to bed, when we wake up and while we do things throughout the day.
Many writers in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings article agree that boredom is a necessary process to stimulating creative thought.
Where does imagination come from but the silence of one’s own brain? Yes, it can be influenced by other people and things throughout the day, but in order to process those things into a way to find them creative and worthwhile is through thinking through your day, a thing many people don’t do anymore.
As our minds are continually stimulated throughout the day with the rest not actually being restful, we are losing the creativity that our brains are so very capable of if not for the over distraction of every day life.