The need for boredom

クーロ

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Quotes from another forum;
Next, I read a book called 'Stolen Focus' by Johann Hari, where he talks about the importance of 'mind-wandering' a sort of unstimulated, meandering sort of focus, instead of the stimulant-driven, 'spotlight' focus many of us are used to.:

"In my life before I fled to Cape Cod, I lived in a tornado of mental stimulation. I would never go for a walk without listening to a podcast or talking on the phone. I would never wait two minutes in a store without looking at my phone or reading a book. The idea of not filling every minute with stimulation panicked me, and I found it weird when I saw other people not doing it. On long train or bus journeys, whenever I would see somebody just sit there for six hours,doing nothing but stare out of the window, I would feel an urge to lean over to them and say, 'I'm sorry to disturb you. It's none of my business, but I just wanted to check – you do realise that you have a limited amount of time in which to be alive, and the clock counting down towards death is constantly ticking, and you'll never get back these six hours you are spending doing nothing at all? And when you are dead, you'll be dead forever? You know that, right?' (I never did this, as you can tell from the fact I am not writing this book from a psychiatric institution, but it crossed my mind.)

Freed from the pressures of thinking narrowly about what's right in front of you, your mind will start to think about what might come next – and so it will help to prepare you for it.Up until I met these scientists, I thought that mind-wandering –what I was doing in Provincetown so much, and so pleasurably – was the opposite of attention, and that's why I felt guilty about doing it.I realised I was wrong. It is actually a different form of attention –and a necessary one. Nathan told me that when we narrow our attention down into a spotlight to focus on one thing, that takes 'a certain amount of bandwidth', and when we turn off the spotlight,'we still have the same bandwidth – it's just we can allocate more ofthose resources' towards other ways of thinking. 'So it's not like attention necessarily goes down – it just shifts,' to other, crucial forms of thinking

I thought back over all the scientific studies I had read about how we spend our time rapidly switching between tasks, and I realised that in our current culture, most of the time we're not focusing, but we're not mind-wandering either. We're constantly skimming, in an unsatisfying whirr. Nathan nodded when I asked about this, and told me he is constantly trying to figure out how to get his phone to stop sending him notifications for things he doesn't want to know. All this frenetic digital interruption is 'pulling our attention away from our thoughts', and 'suppressing your default mode network... I think we're almost in this constant stimulus-driven, stimulus-bound environment, moving from one distraction to the next.' If you don't remove yourself from that, it will 'suppress whatever train of thought you had'.So we aren't just facing a crisis of lost spotlight focus – we are facing a crisis of lost mind-wandering. Together they are degrading the quality of our thinking. Without mind-wandering, we find it harder to make sense of the world – and in the jammed-up state of confusion that creates, we become even more vulnerable to the next source of distraction that comes along.'
 
クーロ

クーロ

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Well yeah users don’t usually have the time or attention span for long threads especially ones that don’t interest them. That’s why I usually make them short, white letting to get users attention and add an anime image
You gotta treat them like toddlers and add flashy colours to all the text. I have a thread idea on how socioeconomic status affects our perceptions of lavishness and another on Korean games so clearly the one that gets the most attention is the latter. Gonna write it out with each paragraph having a different colour and a bunch of random anime reactions
 
Unemployed

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hat’s why I usually make them short
Max one phrase per line.

Stare Down Triple H GIF by WWE
 
Thadman

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Damn my effort threads bomb maybe I should've added videos of femboys twerking to keep up the image
No one wants to read through textbook material, keep it short and to the point next time. Intellectual threads are always bound to bomb, be sure to keep it as low IQ as possible but to the point where its engaging.
 
hikikomori

hikikomori

Elmo rules the world!
Jun 16, 2023
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I’ll read later and let you know what I think
20 days and no response
‘holy shit I forgot lol lemme eat my food first then I’ll let you know

‘alright so I think most people just look at shit and scroll just to feel the gaps bc tehy can’t be un stimulated.

there was a study that showed that a group of men would rather be shocked than sit alone with their thoughts

so I let my mind wander all the time. the main reason people can’t let their mind wander is bc they are npcs and don’t have a soul or if they do have a soul they have been hijacked by an inter dimensional parasite that feeds off their emotions such as anxiety.
 
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daylily

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If it makes you feel any better, I read this in its entirety when I was still a lurker, and even when as far as to save it in my obsidian vault. Great read.
 
fries

fries

Menu de Smaug chez Denny's
Apr 20, 2024
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I don't like this slimy faggot epistemology where you wink at the reader and pretend to be self aware but I do feel bad when I click away from porn too fast

I'm not sure why these threads are considered effort posts (the idea that word count is all that matters is quite frankly indian)
 
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