It has been over a month since we have been told to stay-at-home or do our part to “flatten the curve”. Now it seems that everyone is eager to re-open the country regardless of what doctors and science are telling us to do.
People are bored. They can’t stand it anymore. They want OUT!
For me, I have enjoyed this time. No rushing around and being able to enjoy time at home with my wife. I haven’t been bored.
People are funny though. They build their houses, buy entertainment devices and linked into social media yet they are still bored.
It wasn’t like when I was growing up when my parents would tell me to play in the yard.
No today my friend. People are totally bored with staying at home (for those of us who have) and need to get out.
What’s the rush?
Why do we get bored so easily when we have so much?
Consider these facts and figures:
- Americans spend an average of $200,000 on their homes
- We spend $2,913 annually for home entertainment equipment
- Americans spend a total of over $36 Billion a year for video games
- Game systems made over $7 Billion
- We spend an average of $60 per month on Internet service
- We average spending $1,093 per year for furniture
- The average American subscribes to 3-4 movie streaming services for an average of $29 per month.
We spend all of this money for these things in our homes yet we are still bored. Boredom is a modern condition which has oddly increased the more that technology has. Boredom was literally nonexistent until the late 18th century leading into the Industrial Revolution. Early in human history, when our ancestors had to spend most of their days securing food and shelter, boredom wasn’t an option.
Having the latest in home entertainment doesn’t cure our boredom, we are motivated out of boredom when we do something. Here are a few things that you can do to become productive during this time:
- Update your resume
- Read your emails
- Clean the garage (or other space in your house you’ve been putting off)
- Read a book
- Write a letter (yes, actually WRITE a letter.)
- Watch an online tutorial
- Learn how to cook
- Write your autobiography
Need more help in managing your boredom? Try some of these: