Reading The Connected Viewer: More Than 50% Of Cellphone Owners Now Use Their Phones While Watching TV reminded me of a modern problem I’ve been meaning to discuss, i.e. the value of doing nothing. Specifically, these piece of information rang the bell:
58% of smartphone users said they use their phones to have something to do during commercials or breaks
I’ve been saving that time for a while, having been a TiVo junkie for more than a decade, so I totally get the reasoning. Over the past five years, I’ve also been filling up all the quiet (read boring) moments of my life with a smartphone.
On the one hand, technology has allowed me to be productive in otherwise unproductive circumstances; it has also provided me with distracting entertainment during moments when my time is being treated as a surplus, e.g. the doctor’s office, the mechanic, jury duty selection, etc.
On the other hand, I feel like I’m gradually losing the ability to be quiet and relax or think with an unencumbered mind, which is a bit scary.
Even more scary is that some people may never experience these states, which are quite nice actually.
The future holds disconnection tactics for the hyper-connected, e.g. the disconnected vacation packages.