The Thrill of Having Nothing to Do


Mon, Aug 8th, 2011 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, argues that by living in a world where we've got iPads, smartphones and portable gaming stations at the ready to keep boredom at bay, we might be losing out on an important ingredient for innovation: creativity.

From the article in The Wall Street Journal:

Experts say our brains need boredom so we can process thoughts and be creative. I think they're right. I've noticed that my best ideas always bubble up when the outside world fails in its primary job of frightening, wounding or entertaining me.

I make my living being creative and have always assumed that my potential was inherited from my parents. But for allowing my creativity to flourish, I have to credit the soul-crushing boredom of my childhood.



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