I had a great childhood. I had plenty of friends and lots of toys and games as well as computers like my ZX Spectrum and later Acorn Electron and Atari ST. I often found myself immersed in programming or other projects which took lots of time as well as playing outside with friends.
Monday, 8 March 2010
However I did used to find that during holidays and some other times e.g. when the weather was bad that I had very little to do and would get bored.
From where I am sitting now that seems like a different world. There is far too little time in the day for me to pursue everything I would like to. There are loads of blogs, newspapers and other online content that I want to read and that I will be lucky to even make a dent in. Every time I find myself researching something online there are literally dozens of links each time that I could follow that would lead me into other interesting areas that I would also like to have time to look into but often don't. I have a plethora of books stacked up that I have not found time to read yet. Not to mention the thousands of hours of TV that I can access whenever I want through the iPlayer and other gateways that I also struggle to find time for. On top of that I have a business that I run as well as this blog and contributions to other blogs, the House of Comments podcast and other audio stuff that I do for The Pod Delusion. I am an active member of the local party and I also help out other local parties in other constituencies. I am also married and my wife and I try to spend a decent amount of quality time with each other especially at weekends. In addition to all of this I have lots of friends and family generally dotted around the country with whom I am never able to spend enough time although we do all try.
Basically what I am saying is that I am struggling to remember what it is like to be bored. Yet I recall this feeling happening a fair bit when I was a kid.
I don't have any children of my own yet but I was wondering from those people who do whether that boredom thing still happens a lot given the huge explosion in things for them to do. I appreciate not all kids will have access to all of the technology but many will have access to a fair bit of it.
So my question is, do kids still get bored these days?