You probably heard about the fact that media companies and social media networks fight over the amount of people using their services. Be it movie or video distribution companies, blogging platforms or social media in general, they fight for your attention, and you often hear or read the idea that, although most of them are free or really cheap, the actual currency they trade is your attention and the product they sell is… yourself. And so, you lose tremendous amounts of time online, while scrolling for new stuff on your mobile phone or computer. Every bit of information is efficiently promoted so as to be easily consumed (or swallowed); texts are scarce and images are easy to understand, colors are skillfully crafted and the message goes straight into your subconscious mind. In other words, an entire industry has been developed to focus your attention to it and make you stay connected for as much time as possible.
The problem with being trained (or tamed) to be a consumer is that, after a while, you get bored. And so, you either land in a state of mind of complete meaninglessness, or you initiate an addictive behavior of seeking more and more entertainment, something that will surely fail to satisfy your dependence but increase it even more. Consequently, a lot of people are arguing about the solution to this boredom mixed with compulsive behavior. And the simple and straightforward solution is an increase in one’s creativity and giving priority and time to creative activities. This will likely make the switch from a consumer state of mind (which is passive) to a creator state of mind (which is active), because you’ll be using different parts of your brain.
I want to ask you if you’re aware of this phenomenon. Did you hear or read about it? If yes, what are you doing to increase your creativity? Is there any creative activity you’re currently pursuing? What is that activity or what are those activities? Do you feel different when you’re in the position of creating something new compared to being in the position of consuming stuff made by somebody else (or even made by robots, by artificial intelligence)? Do you feel a sense of reward when creating original content?
Read also Boredom & Inner Orientation.