For some time now I’ve had misgivings about the seemingly increasing speed of life – split-second images on television and in movies, rapid-fire speech, the intensity and often violent nature of video games, the proliferation of cell phones, the propensity for ‘texting,’ and the relentless and overwhelming bombardment of information that comes at us from so many directions.
Perhaps my unease comes from getting older – I’m 63 now – and one of my favorite books is Slowing Down to the Speed of Life by Richard Carlson (1961-2006) and Joseph Bailey. But I suspect that’s not the only explanation. And George F. Will’s latest column in Newsweek suggests that there’s merit to the concerns I’ve felt, but not been able to articulate very well.
Will handles the task quite well in his commentary that refers to writing by Adam J. Cox in The New Atlantis. He identifies Cox as “a clinical psychologist worried about the effect of today’s cornucopia of electronic stimuli on the cognition of young boys.” And Will talks about the downside of continuous stimulation and the value of boredom.
Let me encourage you to take a few moments from your busy day to check out Will’s column, something you can do ‘online’ by clicking on the following link: Lost in Electronica – The costs of ‘the chaos of constant connection.’
If you’d like to pursue the thinking of Adam J. Cox in The New Atlantis, use this link: The Case for Boredom – Stimulation, Civility, and Modern Boyhood.
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