On being more (or less) connected due to the Internet

Dave Pell:

The distractions play an even more aggressive role when it comes to my connection with myself. Most of the moments once reserved for a little alone time have been infiltrated by the realtime Internet. I never just wait for a bus, or just stand in line at a bank, or even just sit and think as I sit stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. At these moments, I pull my phone out of my pocket faster than a gunfighter pulls his weapon out of its holster.

This is essential reading. I was having a conversation over dinner with my family earlier, and we were discussing why it used to seem we had more time to do things before. I think this explains it. We're just always bombarded with stimuli and rarely just stop and wonder. It seems we just don't like being bored.

Boredom is good. It lets the brain relax.