The group known as New Tech City has a project going called “Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out.” Their goal is simple: they want to help you get off your smart phone for just enough time to actually foster some reflection. The research they’re doing is so valuable that it’s worth you staying on your smart phone a little longer so you can look it up.
You should listen to this quote of theirs from Johnny Smallwood, professor of cognitive science at the University of York, in London.
You heard the doctor: the escape your devices give you from the annoying discomforts of boredom isn’t free—it’s bought with your creative potential, your intellectual insight, and your vision for the future.
That’s a hefty cost for momentary satisfaction.