Is Your Smartphone Making You Less Creative?

Is Your Smartphone Making You Less Creative?

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Linda Ly
Apr 12, 2013

You know how it goes: you're waiting at the doctor's office... and catch up on your Facebook feed. You're in line at the grocery store... and scroll through a few Instagram shots. You're stuck in traffic... and send out a quick tweet to complain. While it seems our brains are always "on" with the daily thumbing and swiping on our screens, we're actually less stimulated than we think we are.

It seems that the constant attention to our smartphones has pretty much eradicated our daily downtime. And that's bad, because as it turns out, boredom can be a good thing.

When we're bored, our minds tend to wander. We hit the pause button on life and ponder things both meaningful and trivial. This act of doing nothing stimulates our minds on a higher level than the social connections we make on our phones, which seem to engage from all angles but in reality, we're really not doing much thinking.

... So, what do you think? Read more at Fast Company.


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