Loneliness and Boredom in a Digitally Saturated Society

Posted by Melvin Bray on November 18th, 2012 filed in Useful Perhaps

Sherry Turkle, a scientist from MIT, in conversation with Krista Tippett, noted an axiom that has become in psychology “If you don’t teach your children to be alone, they’ll only always know how to be lonely.”

I think it is also true that, if we don’t teach our children to engage lived experience by attending to what can be learned from that which doesn’t directly involve them, they’ll only always know how to be bored. My students so struggle with this. They seek to fill every pause with noise, and completely ignore anything I’m doing with another student. The ideas of overhearing or learning by observation are completely lost on them more often than not.

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