Entertainment in the 21st century


Today’s generation is bored because their minds are restless. “Restlessness” can be defined as discontentment of the mind. There is always something to do or something to concentrate on to prevent becoming restless. A person’s level of boredom comes from many factors, like how they were raised, the amount of money they had growing up, the amount of technology they had access to, what the person considers entertainment, and how busy their lives are.

Money can play a part in a person’s level of boredom, whether the person is a child or an adult. A child that grows up in a family that is well-off may become spoiled and will most likely become bored more often, whereas a child with less money has to find their own sources of entertainment. Money can also play a part in an adult’s feeling of boredom. If an adult has little money, they may not find themselves bored as often because their day is likely to be filled with work. An adult with more money will not work as hard since they have less to work for. Having been born in Honolulu, Hawaii influenced my mother’s options for entertainment. For entertainment as a child, she would ride her bike, go to the beach, hang out with friends, and visit  the park. She would also listen to music, recorded and live. People are much more laid-back in Hawaii, and they play their music all day long without expecting anything in return, making it easier to be entertained.

As a child in the 50’s, my mom had less technology in her life than today’s generation. She was allowed to use it less and had a more difficult time finding access to it, thus she had to find her own ways of entertainment. Growing up, her family had one television, one telephone, and one car; all was shared between herself and her eight family members. While most kids in today’s society will say they feel bored without their phones after one day, my mom had to come up with her own form of entertainment every day.

To say that entertainment has changed over the years is an understatement. To my mother, “entertainment” is being outside, but she has notice that in today’s generation, kids are more entertained with their technology. But when asked her thoughts about entertainment and what she would change, she shared that the entertainment in today’s society is simply a different kind of entertainment. As far as changing entertainment she would only try to get more kids involved with outside entertainment. Technology has the capability of keeping our generation entertained, but most would agree that they are not necessarily having fun.

If your life is very busy, you tend to have another perspective on boredom. Instead of saying the cliché words “I’m bored,” you may end up saying “I’m exhausted.” To be bored would be considered a luxury rather than a pain. Busy people tend to be less bored than inactive people. But there are many different viewpoints on the effects of boredom. So is being bored and lazy as terrible as we think?

There are some people who believe that how bored one feels is related to their personality. If someone is constantly outgoing and cheerful, they are more likely to make their own fun or find something they believe is fun. Conversely, someone who is more introverted and gloomy might find it harder to find something entertaining. While others will say that it’s not based on what one’s personality is like, but rather how one sees things. Most people today would not get up to go for a walk when they’re bored just to look at the leaves on a tree.

An Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher named Osho also claimed boredom and restlessness to be related: “Restlessness is a by-product of boredom,” Osho said. The definition of boredom varies from person to person, just as the factors of how bored you may feel will vary from person to person.


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