Does boredom and creativity go hand in hand? Before you answer that question, consider this: Have you ever considered inflicting boredom upon yourself to spur creativity? At the expense of turning your phone off completely to allow yourself to space out in the abyss of, well, boredom?
A recent New City Tech project called "Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out" caught my attention. Not only because of a smartphone induced neck strain I was getting but because of a particular yearning for ways to brainstorm without Google. To participate in this project, you simply join the newsletter and you will receive weekly challenges that will help you "rethink your relationship with your phone."
Incidentally, being "Bored and Brilliant," is more than a phrase with two constructs strung together. It is supported by a study done at the University of Lancashire where psychologists found that day dreaming can improve creative ability. Researchers had participants copy phone numbers out of a telephone book for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, the control group went straight into the assigned creativity task which consisted of finding as many uses for a styrofoam cup. The group that was given their dose of boredom came up with the most uses.
With mental stimulation in arms reach, would you agree that being bored is harder to attain? Some of us might agree that this is an overstated fact but I do find merit in this discussion -- and also in this cause.
Friends of literary criticism, bite me with a postmodernist take.
Note: I am aware at the paradox in this post. Here I am, sharing a tool that is meant to alter our dependence on technology in my shiny new blog. With this said and our mutual understanding on this boredom=creativity phenomenon, you can draw conclusions as to why I even have content on here.