After reading this post on Slashdot http://science.slashdot.org/story/12...nished-boredom I got to thinking about the relationship people have with their smartphones. I've noticed that ever since I've had a smartphone, there are certain things that I just don't do as much anymore. In periods of low activity, I'm now much less likely to just pick up an instrument and play, read a book, or pursue one of my other hobbies. Instead, I'll just take my phone out of my pocket and browse the internet, or maybe play one of the unrewarding games that are particularly prevalent on those platforms. I don't find myself being any less bored, either, it's almost like I'm on autopilot.
Sure, smartphones allow people to be 'connected' at all times, but that hasn't introduced anything meaningful to my life. They aren't good tools for doing anything productive. They seem to me like vapid toys that are useful only for filling time, or solving arguments with a quick Wikipedia search. Not to mention how they turn people into assholes. Case in point, I was hanging out with a friend of mine when mid conversation- mid sentence in fact- they stopped talking and pulled out their phone to check a message, read for about 15 seconds, and then returned to the in-person conversation they were having as if nothing happened. I don't buy that they've made our lives any better like the marketers try to sell.