Thoughts On “I’m Bored”

from Seth’s Blog

If you’re under 14: “Good.”

It’s good that you’re feeling bored. Bored is an actual feeling. Bored can prompt forward motion. Bored is the thing that happens before you choose to entertain yourself. Bored is what empty space feels like, and you can use that empty space to go do something important. Bored means that you’re paying attention (no one is bored when they’re asleep.)

If you’re over 14: “That’s on you.”

As soon as you’re tired of being bored at work, at home, on lockdown, wherever, you’ll go find a challenge. You don’t have to quit your day job to be challenged, but you do have to be willing to leap, to take some responsibility, to find something that might not work.

Being challenged at work is a privilege. It means that you have a chance, on someone else’s nickel, to grow. It means you can choose to matter.

I’m glad you’re feeling bored, and now we’re excited to see what you’re going to go do about it.

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  1. The state of boredom is extremely important in human development and demonstrates what we are all made of. When we are in a state of boredom, it will demonstrate and unleash our potential, whether we are older or younger than 14. It’s important to consider the age of an individual when bored because we all get bored for different reasons and purposes. The feeling of boredom is important when experiencing below the age of 14 because boredom is a natural feeling. This feeling is something no one wants to experience consistently, so it’s good for the youth to experience this uncomfortable feeling. Boredom at a young age is caused by a lack of attention and resources. When children are young, they are more often than not given an abundance of attention from their families and adults. When this attention is taken away and lacking, it will cause them to have a lack of resources, as they will be failed to entertain themselves. It’s destined to happen, but the younger individuals who can reduce the struggle of boredom and continue to keep themselves entertained will have a great skill that translates to the rest of life.

    If you’re over 14 and face boredom, the article suggests that the problem is on you. I mostly agree with this statement, but I don’t think the line should be drawn at 14. The line should be drawn somewhere between 18-22 because this is where people should start to have an idea of their passions, goals, and how they want to spend the rest of their lives. The ability to keep yourself occupied and stay away from boredom is a trait in successful people. The key to this strategy is to be productive with your boredom. For example, Elon Musk staying away from boredom is extremely different from a gambler’s ability to stay away from boredom. Elon Musk seems to avoid boredom because he is always thinking of ways to change the world and innovate. In comparison, a gambler avoids boredom by continuing to gamble money away, whether that’s through casino play or sports betting for example. It should be easier for adults to avoid boredom because of continued curiosity, work, envisioning success, and building and maintaining human relationships. While these can all be very healthy and important in life, many of these fundamentals can bring along negativity if handled in the wrong way. With this being said, the fundamental importance of avoiding boredom should be to continue to positively impact and improve your own life because avoiding boredom for the sole reason of avoiding boredom is an unhealthy thought process since it could lead to negative activity.

  2. To begin, I’d like to share how disappointed I am that this article only has one comment. I personally believe that this is one of, if not the most influential, impactful, and overall relatable article I’ve read on ShannonWeb so far. I was therefore very happy to find it. The article dives into the idea of boredom and why it can help or hurt someone. According to the article, boredom can be beneficial at a young age (14 years of age or younger) and harmful at older ages (14 years or older). This is because once an individual grows and develops throughout their lives, it is seen as their responsibility to deter that sense of boredom and instead progress on with their lives by getting up and doing something. Through this ideology, an individual will see a sense of accomplishment while experiencing and learning new things, rather than doing nothing productive with their time.
    Personally, I am a huge advocate for this way of thinking because I have personally experienced what is discussed in this article. At a young age, I went to school and played basketball and football all throughout the year. Other than this, I truly did not do anything much other than hang out with friends and family while staying home on any other occasion. This created time for me to think. Think about my Nonno and how he achieved success. Think about life in itself and how I would eventually be going to high school, which was the scariest thought at the time. Think about my family and how I truly owe them the world for all they have given me. I truly don’t think I would have the mindset or capacity for success that I do now without the time of personal reflection. While these thoughts were originated in middle school at a young age, I began to grow and develop them into beneficial things in life such as expansive work ethic, the importance of my usage of time, business ideas, and generally how I can become a better person. Even though life in its entirety shouldn’t evolve around achieving success or wealth, it is always on my mind. I can admittedly state that I am obsess with making money. This is not for the things that money can buy necessarily, but rather the idea of financial freedom, giving back to my family and what they have given me throughout life, as well as support my own family in the future, giving them everything they need, just as my own family has done for me.
    To conclude I believe that every living person can benefit from this article. This is because realizing the importance of boredom and new thinking, is just the first step in going out into the world and achieving success. Not to sound arrogant, but I personally feel as if by doing this myself, I have gotten ahead of the kids my age in many different aspects and perspectives.

  3. First, I agree with the comment above mine, in saying that I find it surprising this article only has 3 responses including mine simply because of how impactful it might be in the lives of college students. While this article takes a deeper dive into how the concept of boredom affects the youth in different ways and when boredom turns from a somewhat good trait to have to a hurtful trait to possess. The article specifies that that specific cutoff is at the age of fourteen years old. Furthermore, if you are below the age of 14 then being bored may be beneficial to you for multiple reasons. Some of these benefits could possibly include finding new hobbies and branching out to new activities. Since kids experience so much attention when they are younger, at the age of 14 or even earlier for some, individual responsibility starts to dawn upon them which provides more time by yourself and time to truly understand what it means to be productive with the time you are given. On the contrary, if you are over the age of 14, according to the article if might start to become a negative aspect of life if you are constantly bored. Additionally, this might mean that you need to branch out of your comfort zone a little more and maybe that you are too comfortable in the situation you’re in. Although this idea and way of thinking is probably true, I feel as if the age is a little young. In other words, I feel like the age should probably be when you are in your upperclassmen years of high school or early years of college. This is because when you are a late teenager of early adult, this is time of your life you need to start expanding your horizons and start developing relationships and opportunities for yourself to set yourself up for a successful career or path in life. Even though this isn’t make or break since we are still relatively young, it is important to learn some of these lessons sooner rather than later so you can apply the experience and knowledge to future situations.

  4. In my life, I probably have said the phrase “I am bored” over a million times. Depending on the person, the definition of feeling “bored” can be interpreted in a variety of ways. My definition of being bored is the state of being uninterested and feeling like nothing can occupy your time. Like the article, I associate being bored in both a positive and negative manner. The article states that if you are under fourteen years old, being bored is a good thing. However, if you are over the age of fourteen, it’s “on you” that you are bored.

    When I was young, I found myself being bored multiple times a day. It is good to be bored when you are younger because it “prompts forward motion” and promotes curiosity and creativity. There are many sports, activities, places, etc. to explore while you are young. If I was bored playing soccer, for example, I can go play tennis and see if I like it or not. If I find myself bored while playing tennis, I can go play basketball. This cycle will repeat until I finally am not bored anymore. Being bored when you are young helps develop problem-solving skills and independence because you need to find solutions to your being bored. Being bored is a good thing when you are young because it makes you try new things.

    Being bored when you are over the age of fourteen is frowned upon. It is your fault if you are bored. As I have grown older, I have found myself being bored less and less. This is not a personal choice, however. Every day, from the minute I wake up to the minute I fall asleep, I am writing notes, studying, or doing homework. In college, I find myself not having any free time, or when I do, I do the homework for the next week. The only time I have found myself being bored while I was over the age of fourteen is when I was in high school and during quarantine. While the country was on lockdown, all I could do was play games with my family, eat, sleep, and watch Netflix. It was the same routine every day. The more days that passed during the lockdown, the more I found myself bored because I could not leave the house and find new things to do. As Joseph said in the previous comment, as you are growing older, you should be spending time to better your future such as getting a job, networking, or going to school. I do think that is appropriate for people over the age of fourteen to be bored because it is human nature, however, it is good to find solutions and challenge yourself when you find yourself feeling bored.

  5. Boredom happens to everyone, no matter what age, and that is caused by excessive freedom. What you do with that time is what matters. This blog interested me because it pointed out the perspectives of two groups; if you’re under 14 and if you’re over 14. What was said about being under 14 is that it is good to have the feeling of boredom. I think he says this because when you are young, you have no serious responsibilities and have the choice to do whatever you want with your time, other than school. I agree with how for this age group, it is normal to have the feeling of boredom because it provokes the creative side of children to figure out an activity to cure their boredom, which is where hobbies can be built such as learning a new sport, painting, solving puzzles, etc. For when you’re over 14, the author of the blog described the feeling of boredom of a “you problem”. What I got from this was that, as you get older, you begin to obtain more responsibility such as jobs, more intense school work, and maybe even facing some real-life issues that were different from when you were a kid like stress, because it is all part of getting older. Sometimes it may feel like a very repetitive cycle of the same activities day to day, but it is your job to take a risk in adding new activities to your life that you enjoy making everyday life less boring. I like how he said, “being challenged is a privilege”. What I got from this quote is that this gives us the ability to grow and become better than the person we are challenged by. It gives us the motivation to get up and change our habits and lifestyle to lead us in finding our true happiness. When we begin being proactive instead of sticking to our comfort zone, we can find many opportunities arise that can fulfill that bored void we feel by not taking any action in bettering ourselves. This blog was inspiring because it provoked the thoughts in my mind that there are so many new people to meet, places to see, jobs to have, and food to try, so why not take advantage and challenge ourselves to become comfortable with being uncomfortable, because we only have one life to live.

  6. At a point in time in everyone’s life, they deal with a sensible feeling which is often referred to as boredom. Boredom is often known as the state of feeling bored. People tend to deal with boredom for several different reasons, but the most common reason is due to an overload/too much “free time” available for whomever. I believe this blog is significantly important because boredom has been a dilemma for centuries, throughout the evolution of humanity/life. In addition to that, I myself have dealt with boredom numerous times and I can wholeheartedly say I hate being bored. A major contribution/idea that helped me begin to start critically thinking was the topic of age and boredom; and how it corresponds differently with different ages. For instance, the article states if you are 14 or younger boredom is more likely to have a sense of a good feeling. I believe this is correct because kids genuinely enjoy having free time. When it comes to older people, boredom could be both a good and a bad thing. It could be a bad thing because the person may not know what to do with themselves, and it could be good because it could allow the person to relax/chill, due to how stressful an adult life can be.

    Throughout my entire life, I only looked at free time in a positive sense, withholding no negative connotation to its name. But in reality, boredom and free time affect people differently. For instance, my older brother hates feeling bored while also hating the feeling of having free time; his reasoning is that he feels as though he should constantly attain his goal of being productive and hard-working continuously. When my brother does eventually have free time, he tends to stress because he is so accustomed to doing a task at hand, all the time. Therefore I am thankful I read this article because it opened my eyes to boredom and free time while allowing me to understand new concepts and viewpoints of other people.

  7. As we have all experienced, boredom is not a fun thing. Seth’s blog makes an interesting point in that if you are over 14 years old, boredom is a choice and something that we as individuals are responsible for. I wholeheartedly agree with the point they made when saying that boredom stems from a lack of challenge. In our class, I can confidently say that I have never been bored due to the never ending challenges that we are given. Professor Shannon was correct in saying that this class will be nothing like anything we have had in our time as students. Since we are either writing until our hands fall off, or reading cases until smoke comes out of our ears, there is not a whole lot of real estate for boredom. Whenever freetime and boredom do present themselves though, it is an opportunity that we can capitalize on to do things that we enjoy. In our busy lives, we rarely do things that we enjoy because we are tied up with work, school, homework, or whatever the case may be, but when we do get some free time, it is important to take a break from the day to day tasks, and do something that will help you grow or challenge you.

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