Read this article: Have smartphones killed boredom (and is that good)?

Now post a personal reflection on the piece. Possible response questions could be:

  • Are you afraid of being bored? Reflect.
  • “I find the quietest times of my life speak the loudest.” Comment/reflect on this quotation.
  • Comment on the comparison made between cell phones and cigarettes.
  • Chose a passage and reflect.

32 thoughts on “BLOG ASSIGNMENT #16

  1. I am never truly bored. If the life in front of you is so mundane at the moment, just do “the polite nod” and just occupy yourself by thinking. What should you wear tomorrow? You can just replay a funny moment. I just sing a song really loud and laugh because nobody else can hear. I can be productive when life slows down. I’ll figure out a solution or a strategy to overcome a current problem. Often, I come up with an equation to find out some information like, if I don’t touch my bank account, how long will it take to accumulate the money in interest for a dress (four months)? In the article, “Have smartphones killed boredom (and is the good),” by Doug Gross, a CNN writer, the comparison between cigarettes and cell phones is too ridiculous. Yes, the two can be used to pass time. But so can Monopoly or that game that you only jump on certain colored tiles, you know, the one we all played when we were little. It’s like saying books are like cigarettes. people get absorbed in books too guys! So no. It’s too far out to be using cell phones and cigarettes in an analogy.

  2. Smartphones being compared to cigarettes seems to be quite an exaggeration. They are used in different ways, yet with the similarity to pass time however cigarettes are mainly used for addicts who cannot seem to shake off their habit. Smartphones are becoming a bit more of a routine but it’s not as if you might suffer from withdrawal without it. Cigarettes are for people who smoke as well not everyone smokes yet there are a lot of people with a smartphone and only so many use it specifically for games and other forms of entertainment. With some similarities there is no way smartphones can be compared to a smartphone.

  3. Their have always been different pass times and ways to cure bordom. Being bored isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Smartphones are a great way to kill time but like everything it can be abused. Even when I have my phone in my hand I often still find time to get lost in my own thoughts and just think about life. Sometimes I do get edgy when I have large amounts of time but I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of being bored. Stimulating your mind is important and I keep my mind busy most of the time.

  4. I am not afraid of boredom. The way I want to kill boredom doesn’t take a smartphone to get rid of it. There are many ways to pass the time without touching a any high-tech devices like doing small crafts, reading a good book, studying, watching TV, and even finishing up those daily tasks in everyday life. The one time I necessarily need to use my smartphone is when I am in one of those places that requires plenty of wait. I don’t even do anything special on my phone, only browse for notifications in Facebook and Instagram. But using my phone to kill time makes me stress out and I start to zone out. As I wait, I look around me and see others all focus on their own mobile device. There is no talking, socializing, or even a sound of a cough. This had got me thinking, “Is this what human beings really do for a living? Letting technology take possession of your mind?” Now I think about it, I understand what Lynn meant when he compares smartphones to cigarettes. Lynn’s statement may be too exaggerating, but he does have a point. Cigarettes kill the lungs and smartphones kill the boredom and focus. Yet both take control of the brain and the person.

  5. There’s not a moment in my life where I was ever afraid that I would get bored. Even at this point in my life where technology has become a major impact in today’s society, I can still find stimulation in the world around me without the comfort of my cellular device. Although I do take out my smartphone when put into awkward situations, it’s not often that I use it for entertainment. I still find pleasure in visiting my local library and browsing through their collection until I find something that captures my intention or looks intriguing. Also, to address the comparison between smartphones and cigarettes that was addressed in the prompt, I would have to agree on the similarities that they share. In a way they are both addictive. Cigarettes make you believe that you can’t live without them which is similar to how we can’t imagine our life without smartphones.

  6. No, I’m not afraid of being bored because I can always find something entertaining to do. I use my phone to text some friends or to use Twitter, but other than that I don’t need my phone 24/7 like some people in todays society does. I can still go out and do things like walk to the store, hang out with friends, or ride my bike. The comparison that was made on cell phones and cigarets is pretty much agreeable. The way that some people feel that they have to smoke at every second of the day is how some people are with their phones.

  7. I am never afraid of being bored because I can always find something to do without my phone like hanging outside or exercising. Reading a book is often quiet and relaxing and I believe its a good time to get organized and reflect on things. I think that the comparison between smartphones and cigarettes is completely absurd because the only similarity that they share is the repetitive use of them. If you don’t use your phone you’re not gonna experience withdrawals like you would a cigarette. Also, people are not addicted to their cellphones, people usually use them repetitively because of the need to stay in touch with others and that can happen at any time without them knowing.

  8. The fear of boredom is an illusion and an excuse. People do not pull out their smartphones whenever they have a dead two seconds because they are afraid of being bored. They do it because they are lazy and do not want to face the reality of their lives. The other day I was on the Bronco Bus, and every single Cal Poly student (there were probably about 10) on that bus was looking intently at their phone. The superficial excuse for this is boredom. But in reality it stems from a much deeper issue. People are not, in fact, afraid of boredom. Rather, they are afraid of stepping out of their comfort zones by having an actual, personal conversation with someone new. They are afraid of where their brains will wander if they do not have something to distract them. They are afraid of thinking about real issues and how they can effect change. Instead they turn their brains off and shut out the world, perfectly content to lose themselves scrolling through Instagram. They are experts. A person on a smartphone, whether they are on a bus with strangers or in a group of friends, communicates to those around them that “this is more important to me than anything any of you could have to say right now”, and in doing so they trade something much more meaningful for something utterly shallow and transient.

  9. Christopher Lynn an anthropology professor at the University of Alabama, compares the use smartphones to smoking cigarettes. Describing both as “pivot” points or things that quickly transfer us from the monotony of everyday life into a world of “unscheduled play. Based on personal experience I agree with this statement. 99.9% of my smart phone usage goes to listening to music (As some of you may have noticed). And nothing can quite break the monotonous cycle of constant talking, empty words and lowbrow humor that only exemplify the lamentable condition of humanity like my music. To me my phone and the music it provides me is an escape. Not to a world of unscheduled play but in fact to a place were I can rest and think, similar to the endorphin-simulated calm of nicotine. Many will say that the dependence people have on tobacco and the extreme effects of its withdrawal make it completely irrelevant, and although the slight annoyance I feel when I forget my earphones is nothing compared to the withdrawal of any tobacco addict. The few effects I do feel are technically forms of withdrawal. My smart phone let’s me escape from the world around me, it is my drug that allows me to focus and think undistracted by the 98% of humanity that surround me every day.

  10. Personally, I am one of those people that are always glued to their cellphone. I also agree with the comparison made between cellphones and cigarettes because cigarettes have nicotine which is something that’s addictive and almost every day there’s a new app out that everyone is addicted to. Someone can just be addicted to their phone period, like me for instance, I had to go three days without a phone because it had broken and I had to wait to get a new one. Those three days sadly were the worst days ever because I just felt so lost without it and every time I went to do something I realized I needed my cellphone for it so it just showed me how addicted I am to my cellphone. I can’t function without my cellphone pretty much and when people are addicted to nicotine, sometimes they can’t function either depending on how much they’re addicted to it. But in conclusion, I completely agree with the comparison between cigarettes and cellphones.

  11. Comparing smartphones to cigarettes is pretty ridiculous but they both share some similarities. Cigarettes are truly an addiction to people who smoke them due to the nicotine. Smoking also affects the smoker physically by yellowing their skin and teeth. Smartphones are just like cigarettes in the way that they are so addicting and distracting from reality. Even though people believe smartphones are a better alternative than cigarettes, they still keep people from talking to each other destroying our social skills. People need to learn how to set their own limits on these kinds of things because it has gotten too out of hand and parents also need to tell their kids to know when to stop.

  12. I agree with the quote,” I find the quietest times of my life speak the loudest.” That is exactly how I view and spend the majority of my time, just pondering on things. Im not afraid to be bored by just sitting in a quiet room and thinking, sure at one point I start to get fidgety and want to get up but I never see myself going for my phone, I either get into a more comfortable position, get up and move on, or share what I was thinking. In those moments when it’s quiet I manage to come up with these amazing ideas and I overall just work better in a quiet environment. Of course I’m not saying that I never go on my phone/iPod to go on a social media website or avoid awkward situations but I try not to and if I am on my phone all the time it’s usually because I’m talking to someone I haven’t in a while. Of course I see people on their smartphones all the time but a person can’t assume what they are doing; they may be writing down a thought from a quiet moment they just had, talking to a distant relative, or perhaps they are avoiding boredom. Who knows but the individual themselves?

  13. What is considered to be boring in a situation is relative to a person’s interests and dislikes. For example, when I follow my mom around Ross when she walks around every isle in the store, looking at the ‘newest’ fashions and cheap antiques, I feel time slows to a crawl due to boredom from my sincere lack of interests in overpriced purses and colorful containers. During these times of boredom, I find that I pull out my phone and tap on whatever is on the screen to relieve me of the exhaustion caused by the lack entertainment I have. I notice I also pull out my device during times of awkwardness such as waiting for my college classes to start with students whom I never noticed before or during times when I sit idly in the library with no homework or anything better to do. Although sometimes I do prefer staring at a laggy, electronic touch screen to relieve my boredom and nervous awkwardness in certain situations, I sometimes prefer more to blank out and think about whatever’s on my mind (given that I have something to think about in the first place). Although my phone is a fast escape from the surrounding environment, I tend to dislike using my phone regularly for pure entertainment as phone games are generally annoying and Facebook posts get old and run out of originality. In these cases, when I choose not to use my phone, there are usually other objects that fill in that feeling of boredom such as restaurant televisions or bags of chips. Therefore, based on what I observe in myself, I realize that although I prefer not to be bored, especially during times when I can prevent it, when the boredom gets to the point that even using my phone becomes boring in itself from continuous use, I will attempt to do endure it or substitute the phone with other means of entertainment. This is probably the reason why I can’t concentrate on school work and play video games instead, despite needing to use that precious time later for much needed sleep I don’t have.

  14. “I find the quietest times of my life speak the loudest.” This quote is true for me because through my experiences, I have found that the quietest times (especially when I’m alone) are the times where I contemplate the most about life. I think about my current state of mind, recent events from the day, what I could’ve done differently, and my plans for the future. All of these thoughts affect how I respond to future events and the way I interact with those around me. These thoughts also provoke me to be proactive towards my goals (such as the completion of my service hours or consistently working out for a number of days of the week).

  15. In the article, “Have smartphones killed boredom (and is that good)?”, there is a portion where Christopher Lynn, an anthropology professor at the University of Alabama, makes the analogy between smartphones and a cigarette. He states that both can be “pivots”, temporarily removing one from the monotony we live in. As a smartphone owner, I agree with Lynn’s statement. Just like cigarettes, tapping away on a smartphone is addicting with all the apps, games, and texting. All those features of the smartphone provide the user with a temporary escape from reality to let our minds wander off somewhere else and that can get addicting. Whenever I have too much on my mind, I tend to take out my phone and play a couple of games or scroll through Instagram. It reliefs me by distracting my brain with other things.This is similar to the temporary stress and relief that the nicotine in cigarettes give. Because of the affect of nicotine, people tend to use cigarettes for the same reason; to just get their mind off of things. Thus, Lynn’s comparison between smartphones and cigarettes is sound. Both provide temporary bliss, which is an addiction people find it hard to steer away from.

  16. Personally, I find the quotation, “I find the quietest times of my life speak the loudest.” to be extremely accurate. I do find pleasure and relief in the quiet time I have and don’t necessarily consider it boredom. To me, it’s time to reflect on how your day went or think of things that you need to do. In short that down time which many people are starting to fill with the use of their smart phones is where I collect and organize myself. The article refers to an ancient desire that humans have stimulation, and I do believe that to be true, our minds need to be stimulated. However, there is a point where that stimulation needs to slow down and other human traits need to be nursed as well. We as human beings need time to ourselves to collect our thoughts and be ok with ourselves, and with the current advancements in technology, we almost never get that time anymore. Some of the most creative, original, and personal ideals of one’s self come about due to this “boredom”. In short, although the quietest times of a person’s life can speak the loudest, we have stopped listening.

  17. I am not scared in the slightest of being bored. I feel like the only time I ever feel bored is at school. My mind is always occupied in something, so I’m always thinking. Sadly, what I’m thinking most of time is trying to remember things in my life. My horrible memory creates this gap in my mind that I try to fill continuously with thoughts of the past and the future, which is not in the slightest boring to me.

  18. I’m not necessarily afraid of being bored because most of the time I usually have something to do. I have to say that I actually agree with the quote “I find the quietest times of my life speak the loudest” because when I’m not doing anything and I’m just sitting down and reflecting on different things I tend to get the best ideas and I am able to come up with great plans than when I’m really busy. I guess with the comparison that they make with cigarettes and smartphones is that they both can become addicting. I would actually prefer to become addicted to a smartphone because you can actually learn different things from it because you are able to read books and do many other things with a smart phone.

  19. Sometimes I do get afraid of being bored because when I’m bored it feels like i have no life. It makes me think too much about things in the future or the past that I rather not think about. I also love to be productive so being bored isn’t one of my options i want to encounter with. And yes I do get bored and I do use the power of technology to keep my occupy like my smart phone it helps me keep busy and may people say i might have an addiction with it. “I find the quietest times of my life speak the loudest.” I believe that this couldn’t be written any perfect. What it says is true sometimes your quietest moments in your life speak the loudest because when its quiet you develop thoughts that might be a huge plan for your future or other thoughts that reflect who you are or who you want to come. Its just those quiet moments that can help you decide on a huge decision. So i find this quote very accurate. And a comparison on cellphones and cigarettes is that they both can be very addicting. It is an addiction to most people living on earth.

  20. Alright, so I am not afraid of being bored, but I prefer not to be bored. Let me just say it, being bored is boring. I do go on my phone when I do get bored, but I prefer not to because I quickly get bored on it just as fast. I try my best to find something to do to escape bored but the power of technology is my last resort. People who do smoke are somewhat like people who always use their phones. They constantly have to keep smoking like how people have to constantly have to keep checking the phone. The worst thing is people who smoke and use their phones a lot.

  21. I have never fallen plague to the fear of boredom, we have been given minds for a reason. We always claim boredem when we have nothing to do but I dont believe we are ever truly “bored”. Unentertained yes, bored, no. We live in an age where entertainment is right at our fingertips and is constantly all around us. We are so used to entertainment that without it we are not quite sure what to do with ourselves. Ive found that to cope, I tend to disappear into my mind, I stare at things and figure out how I could paint them. Others may think of how to build something; some just disappear into fantasies. I believe people are becoming more and more uncomfortable with being Unentertained but its not a fear of boredem. The mind has limitless possibilities when it comes to thought and that prevents people from becoming “bored”.

  22. I agree with the quote, “I find the quietest of times of my life speak the loudest.” When it is quiet, I begin thinking about the problems I am currently facing or making up interesting stories that I never write down. I concentrate better in quiet areas, that is why I prefer doing my homework at home instead of in the classroom. However, when it is too quiet, I tend to take out my phone and go on Instagram or YouTube. Other times, I will be thinking quietly to myself and, from the corner of my eye, I spot my phone. This makes me reach out to my phone and start messing with it. Watching videos on YouTube or liking pictures on Instagram is usually what I do when I am bored. If I am at home, then I turn to other devices that I can spend hours on, my PlayStation 3 and 4. Using a smartphone as a way to relieve boredom is very common these days. Everywhere I go, people are always on their phones; their eyes glues to the screens. The reason so many people use their smartphones is because they are addicted to them, like someone addicted to smoking. I am addicted with my phone. Last year during a retreat at church, they took away everyone’s phones. I absolutely hated it. I could not check the time or go on Instagram. After a while, I forgot about my phone because we began doing fun activities. However, when we were waiting for something to be set up, I began growing impatient wishing I had my phone with me. They gave us our phones back at the end of the day and everyone was excited to have their phones back. This is an example of people being addicted to their smartphones. Even though it is not a drug, someone can get easily addicted to using their phone. It is just like someone becoming addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes. Both addictions, are hard to overcome.

  23. Being bored isn’t a subject that scares me or actually bothers me that much. I know that I don’t need my phone to keep myself entertained because if I start focusing on certain things I tend to over think. School and Young Scholars keeps me busy enough to the point where I know that I don’t need to turn to an app to keep me entertained. Reading actually keeps me way more entertained than anything on my phone ever will. I know that the generation around me is very glued to their phones and it’s so simple to have access to anything we want on them which is another reason why we turn to them in time for bordem. I do admit that I have turned to my phone when I have nothing else to do and I think that is why many of us aren’t afraid of being bored anytime soon.

  24. I’ve definitely never thought of myself as having a “fear of being bored.” Often times, my mind just wonders off on it’s own, even when I don’t intent for it to. And my phone I think is just a distraction. I do think that being quiet and just enjoying your surroundings is a very important thing to do. It lets your mind relax, you can think, or maybe even not think, and just enjoy watching the world move around you. These are the most relaxing times for me, where i don’t think of things going on at school, or at home, or anywhere else. I just get to enjoy what’s around me.

  25. I don’t think I can ever be “afraid of being bored,” but when I am bored, I’ll admit, the first thing I want to do is take out my phone. Not because of the fact that I don’t like to converse with people, but because it is closest thing to me to keep me busy. If there’s something else that catches my attention, I’ll quickly put down my phone. People that can’t put down their phone can be compared to an addicted smoker, but they are two different types of people. They both feel the need to do something when they’re bored, but a person who is addicted to their phone doesn’t have severe withdrawals. It’s kind of similar, but on a different exaggeration factor.

  26. I wouldn’t say that I’m afraid to be bored but I do think that my smartphone helps me deal with my boredom nowadays. For the most part, I use my phone to help me deal with awkward situations. Like if I’m walking by myself and I don’t want people to come up to me I’ll just put in my headphones and check my social networks. I have one or two games on phone and I rarely play because I get tired of them easily. Usually when I’m bored I just listen to music, snapchat people, or maybe text some friends. Even though I have social networks on my phone, I don’t always check them. When I have a good book that I want to finish, I won’t even bother using my phone when I’m bored. Or sometimes I’ll play board games with my little brother when I’m bored because he’s usually bored too. So no I wouldn’t say that I’m afraid to be bored because there’s lots of things we can do. I just think that our phones are the easiest things to mess and play when we’re bored so that’s why people choose their phone over anything else.

  27. The quote “i find the quietest times of my life speak the loudest” actually relates to me. whatever I’m doing or wherever I’m at, I always have something on my mind. I rarely get the chance to think to myself because of what I’m doing or by just being on my phone reading about everyone else. On the social media networks, people post a lot about what they are doing or thinking and I take up most of my time catching up with them than catching up with myself. Sometimes when I’m extremely bored and get tired of my phone, i put it down and think to myself and get everything in my mind sorted out. In those times is when i know exactly how I’m feeling about certain things because I’m able to think everything through. I really enjoy having those times to myself but sometimes I can’t seem to put my phone down.

  28. “I find the quietest times of my life speak the loudest.” I believe this quote is absolutely true because if you are stuck in silence with just yourself you start to drift away and think. When you think you come to realizations to different things, it gives yourself more to time to think what you want and say what you want. This is why it’s the loudest part of your life. I’m not afraid to be bored, if I’m at home and there’s nothing to do and I have thought my thoughts I would pick up the phone to play some games or talk to people. People only use phone because what else would they do when they need to pass time. The comparison with cell phones and cigarettes is a bit overly exaggerated, its sounds like they are saying people have no self-control like if they were to stop using their phones their life is over. People don’t pick up phones because they need that relaxing feeling, people pick it up to have something to do. This quote from the article is reflecting on how I feel about cell phones “I feel like it gives me a break from what’s at hand,” he said. “I even find it helps to keep me going through the day as I can get in touch with things in the outside world. Most of the time, I would have done nothing during those times anyhow.”

  29. At first, the idea of being frightened by boredom didn’t make much sense to me. I thought to myself.. How can you be afraid of BEING bored? What does that even mean?! But I took into account that I, an over dramatic, middle-class, high school student, have never “truly” been bored. I always seem to manage to find leisure in the simplest of things. The silence shared, when people have nothing else to say to one another, are usually thought of awkward and uncomfortable. But I enjoy them. In a way, I find it soothing. Sometimes you don’t need to say anything, because the other person already understands. I could be doing absolutely nothing, and yet be thinking about everything all at once. A good book could entertain me for days and marathoning a show on Netflix gives me equal enjoyment. Thinking about it know.. I always keep myself occupied, never any room for boredom. So, after pondering the question about being afraid of boredom, I’ve come to the realization that I’m not afraid, because why be afraid of something you have control over.

  30. Are you afraid of being bored? Reflect.
    I personally am afraid of being bored. I hate being bored because the way it feels you have nothing to do and feel like weird. I also get anxiety a lot if I’m not doing something I get anxiety and start to feel sick. the boredom eats at you and eats at you. you could hear time passing by tick tock tick tock! It is so bad annoying. that is why I am afraid of being bored.

  31. I honestly am afraid of being bored. I don’t like to put in situations where I have nothing to do. I just feel like it’s awkward when i’m bored and have nothing to do around other people. I don’t mind being bored when I’m alone because i could always find something to do that doesn’t involve using my phone.

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