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All This Media Is Making Me . . . Bored?


Thank you to reader, Brittany, for alerting us to this news story.

Underwhelmed by It All
For the 12-to-24 set, boredom is a recreational hazard.

By Robin Abcarian and John Horn
Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2006

With their vast arsenals of electronic gear, they are the most entertained generation ever. Yet the YouTubing, MySpacing, multi-tasking teens and young adults widely seen as Hollywood’s most wanted audience are feeling — can it be? — a bit bored with it all.

A new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, the first in a series of annual entertainment surveys, finds that a large majority of the 12- to 24-year-olds surveyed are bored with their entertainment choices some or most of the time, and a substantial minority think that even in a kajillion-channel universe, they don’t have nearly enough options. “I feel bored like all the time, ’cause there is like nothing to do,” said Shannon Carlson, 13, of Warren, Ohio, a respondent who has an array of gadgets, equipment and entertainment options at her disposal but can’t ward off ennui.

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Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.


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  • Reminds me of when I used to tell my Mom that I was bored, when she told me the things I could do around the house I was quick to be content in my boredom.

    There are SO many things to do, other than just sitting around and whining.

  • Wow! I saw your link in and I am amazed at how much God has used you two.I am 16 years old and have tried several times to make a blog that would have the impact that yours has had.But it has never turned out.But I am encouraged to keep on trying to get Gods truth out there in the mist od so much junk from the internet.

    Living for Him,

  • Cristina: Thanks for visiting! I would encourage you to stay involved here at The Rebelution. There are many incredible young people here who you could join in having an impact, or who could join you in a new venture. =)

    Elyse & Brittany: I remember similar situations in my life as well! Mothers always seem to know what needs to be done. Both of you might be interested in an article we posted on the topic of boredom. It examines what boredom really is and how a rebelutionary should deal with it.

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