Teenagers today have unprecedented access to technology, and yet many report that they’ve never been so bored.
There is a notion among older people that teens, with their smartphones and unlimited internet access, never experience boredom. CNN and other media outlets have repeatedly declared that smartphones have killed boredom as we know it. “Today, we don’t have time to daydream. Waiting in the doctor’s office or standing in line, we can check our email, play Angry Birds, or Twitter,” a media consultant once declared in HuffPost.
But today’s teens are still bored, often incredibly so. They’re just more likely to experience a new type of boredom: phone bored.