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The benefits of being bored

When was the last time you scrolled through your social media feed? Less than a minute ago?

Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor of WNYC Studio’s podcast, “Note to Self,” explores the incessant need to stay technologically connected to help quell boredom in her new book, “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self.” Zomorodi uses interviews with people from a variety of backgrounds to explain why boredom is conducive to sparking creativity and productivity.

Do you let yourself be bored or is there no time for it? Has scrolling through your social media taken the place of daydreaming? And do you find that there are benefits to spacing out?

Guest:

Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor of WNYC’s podcast “Note to Self” and author of “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self”(St. Martin’s Press, 2017); she tweets @manoushz