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The Internet and How to Eradicate Boredom

Updated: May 15

An old woman

(2023 Note: Whatever is "implied" exists in your delusions. Do not attribute your delusions to me. I strive to abstain from subtext as much as possible. I can write, instead of imply).

We have reached an age where, as long as you have regular access to the internet, you should almost never be bored. That is because the internet is the biggest "sea" of content ever known and created by mankind, and it doesn't matter if you spend money for said content or not, beyond the mere access to its connection.

Countless articles, videos, and games are being created and published online, whether or not a fee is required, that just wait to be discovered, consumed, and/or played. With this extreme level of entertainment, one just has to wonder why boredom is still an issue to those who can find literally anything they want online?

If you happen to have a significant portion of free time on your hands and have regular access to the internet, knowing English proficiently is almost essential to combat boredom. That is because the better your English is, the more likely you are to find a higher variety of content online that might interest you.

English, therefore, is not only a tool for success in the international world, but a valuable asset in making you less bored. That is especially if your current fluency in certain languages is insufficient to keep you occupied in your free time.

Another valuable asset is self-discipline, because unlike physical exercise, which requires just the same value, you'll require far less energy or effort in order to find a solution to your current feeling of boredom. It's not like you are to lift heavy weights -- all you require is to be patient enough and willing to expose yourself to new content and content creators.

Boredom, of course, is a very personal, subjective thing, as different people are likelier to be more bored when exposed to certain content, than people who do not, when consuming the same content. It's much like happiness. The solution to that is not only to be patient and willing enough to dedicate enough time to find new things, but also to be willing to learn more about yourself and your interests if you ever want to reach a conclusion where you'll rarely be bored.

Once you have achieved a sufficient amount of self-knowledge, you can spend less time on finding the content that interests you, as you will already know that. Thus, if you happen to be bored regularly, perhaps your boredom could indicate that you might not know yourself enough to be able to occupy yourself throughout your free time.

Solitude in general is very boring to many because it requires one to depend on themselves on the department of occupying oneself. Unlike when in the company of others, there are little independent sources to keep you entertained. This is one of the prime reasons why people seek to be together -- it kills time without the need to do it yourself.

Hence why, as an advocate of solitude, I am not surprised at all when people tell me that they prefer to hang out with others than to hang out with themselves. It is "boring" because it requires more effort to endure it; effort that doesn't necessarily exists when you are with people you enjoy hanging out with.

However, once you know what to put in that search bar, and you have a clear plan of what you want to know, or how to spend your time consuming, then boredom shouldn't be an "excuse" to just give up in your attempt to occupy yourself. For that ideal state to happen, you should know precisely what interests you, what you want to learn more about, and what you know for sure what you're not interested in at all.

With this plan in mind, you have the potential to eradicate your boredom once and for all just as I did, when I taught myself English as a child and teen, and was practically never bored, for the large majority of my life thus far.

At least according to my experience, you can rest assured that, in this day and age of theoretically-infinite content, one has the potential to rarely be bored at all. Your gender, professional occupation, and age -- all shouldn't hinder you in the path to eradicate the universal problem of boredom.

Similar to physical fitness, all you need is enough determination, to know yourself and what interests you in this existence, in order to begin your campaign of eliminating boredom out of your life. You can become a far happier, socially-independent individual.

And no. No. No. I am not calling for a complete substitution of human interaction. I even worked enough to produce articles regarding communication. Please stop attributing to me things I don't write clearly about. Much suffering can be reduced, alongside our very loneliness, if we tried understanding each other better. For greater clarification, I am simply calling to be a bit more independent from social interactions.

Does greater independence from interactions, mean a pure one? Of course not.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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