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Attention and the Cause of Modern Boredom

Ringmar, Erik LU (2016) In Boredom Studies: Postdisciplinary Inquiries
Abstract
There is a relationship between modernity and boredom. People in modern society are more bored than people in previous societies. But why? Other authors have identified a number of candidates (alienation, atomization, disenchantment, rationalization, and so on). However, in this article I present a far more straightforward explanation: modern boredom is caused by the new ways in which people in modern society were made to pay attention. If you cannot pay attention, you get bored, and the distinctly modern ways of paying attention created a distinctly modern form of boredom. This is a story about the turn-of-the-20th with obvious implications for today.
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modernity, attention, boredom
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Boredom Studies: Postdisciplinary Inquiries
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Gardiner, Michael E. and Haladyn, Julian Jason
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Routledge
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English
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  author       = {Ringmar, Erik},
  editor       = {Gardiner, Michael E. and Haladyn, Julian Jason},
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  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Boredom Studies: Postdisciplinary Inquiries},
  title        = {Attention and the Cause of Modern Boredom},
  year         = {2016},
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