Hobbies, entertainment and creativity

I’ve always had a lot of hobbies. I can’t sit still. Even while watching tv, in itself a spare time activity, it feels I’m wasting my time unless I’m also doing something else. From wire wrapping to folding laundry, there’s always some other task going on.
Nowadays, thanks to the tablets that have become a part of our daily lives, it’s common to handle two screens at once. The tv is on and we’re also playing some game on our iPads These games make us watch ads to gain coins or something like promotional code and so we watch the ad (or pretend to watch it while looking at the tv) so we can play a little longer.

I don’t know if we’re wasting time twice, becoming too demanding with our entertainment, if our fear of boredom has become so great we don’t want to risk even a second of it, or if it’s actually a way to train our brain to evolve or simply a way to fight against tiredness and hold on a little longer.

Conservatives defend that screens are damaging youth’s capacity for concentration, that games are bad, that people are growing further detached from reality. They have a tendency t ignore the good sides to technology in favour of potential risk. I’m not saying there isn’t a possibility of addiction to technology. Like everything in life, moderation is key. But I still feel the future isn’t as dark as some would have us believe.

Thanks to technology we can communicate with people on the other side of the world, people we probably would never have even met otherwise. through games children learn hand-eye coordination, develop thinking and problem solving skills and even resistance to frustration – you have to, after getting killed on the same level fifty times.

Many times during my daily activities there are repetitive tasks, like treating photos for my website, for example. It becomes too dull and even background music is not always enough to keep me focused. But if I turn on the tv and follow along to a story, I can keep my energy levels up for longer and continue working.

From the point of view of a creative person, the biggest disadvantage of this lack of “boredom” is that ideas come when you’re not really thinking about anything. But even in our image, colour and motion-filled lives, there are always times when we have nothing to entertain up – like before going to sleep and before getting up and when we shower, for example. Many creative people know the feeling of waking up with the solution from yesterday’s problem. We can train out brain, to some extent, to use downtime to work on creative problems.

And when that’s not enough, nothing beats spending some time doodling on a piece of paper sometimes with no other distractions. Link I said before, everything in moderation. Sometimes you do need to disconnect. What may look like a waste of time for some is actually a necessity for creative people. Sometimes creativity is born out of boredom and we need to give our brain some downtime for the spark to ignite.

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