The Lost Art of Boredom

May 16, 2011

By Lisa S. Burroughs

I’m so bored!

We have all said that a lot as children, right before our parents shooed us outside to play or threatened us with housework to alleviate our condition.

When was the last time you were bored? I can say quite confidently that I have not been bored in years. Is this a good thing? With all the options for constant stimulation available to us, boredom has become an extinct creature that didn’t have a reason to exist in the first place, like that bird that couldn’t fly. Good riddance.

Digital activities like texting, checking your social networks, refreshing your RSS feed, reading email, playing games, and checking in at your current location have the power to fill every second of your day, including those seemingly wasted seconds between other tasks. I’m not going to give you hard statistics on how much time we spend online via our desktops, laptops or mobile devices because we all know it is way too much and it culminates to an overwhelming cacophony of noise and information known as digital overload (DO). Read the rest of this entry »


AARP’s Digital Experience

October 8, 2010

by David Weigelt

AARP's Digital Experience
Since I’m not-yet-50, my friends like to tease me about attending AARP’s Life @ 50+ event. Regardless of what they say, AARP does certain things really well at its annual convention that I look forward to, one of which is their general session on the closing day.

Over the past several years, I’ve been immersed in conversations by the likes of Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou and Michael and Kirk Douglas. What I love is how AARP gives their speakers a topic and then cuts them loose in terms of where the conversation goes. This year I was especially excited for the closing session. It wasn’t because of the headliners, Whoopi Goldberg and Larry (I don’t need little blue pills to procreate at 70) King; it was a panel discussion themed “AARP’s Digital Experience.” Read the rest of this entry »

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