A key focus of my blog is Health/Wellness. A major aspect of all our lives is managing boredom and the need to fill time. Fill free time when desired is a in important consideration for everyone. The following contributed post is entitled, Supply And Demand To Boredom.
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You are a creative being. You invent, innovate, build and teach. But why the ingrained urge to do so? One thing you can’t stand is to be bored. So if there is some free time in your day, you are already thinking about filling that gap. Even if it’s something you classify as “doing nothing” like binge-watching on Netflix. Realizing this need to fill free time, entrepreneurs and big corporate organizations invent and innovate ways to fill it. Therefore creating the supply and demand to boredom.
There were great successes in the area of inventing ways to satisfy the demand for boredom. Netflix, whose revenue just for 2020 alone was over $25 billion, is a simple yet brilliant concept. They saw the need to satisfy boredom from consumers who flick through TV channels, not finding something to watch, turn the TV off, sigh, and say, “I am bored.” Now they supply those same consumers with hundreds of options of TV shows, movies, documentaries, etc. Social Media satisfies not only the need to connect but also the need not to be bored. The average person spends just over 2 hours a day on social media sites. With over 103 social media platforms available, the choices are endless. Not only can you connect with others (Facebook), but you can share (Instagram) and be entertained (TikTok). The entertainment and writing industry flourished under the demand to create new content, movies, and novels to satisfy your need to fill your bored time. There were 792 movies released in 2019 and over 2.2 million books published per year.
You have a few hours of “free” time and want to make the most of it. And this means not being stuck in traffic or showing up early, and wasting time by being idle. This escalated the innovation of extracurricular activities, tutoring, and even gym classes by offering them online. They are now easily accessible, flexible, and convenient (because you can do them anywhere in the world). A wide variety of options is still available to you. If you have your favorite coach, just view the Coach Calendar, and select the time and date, which will fill your “free” time gap. Your boredom is now satisfied. If you feel like mixing this up, you can still join face-to-face classes.
Boredom not only plays on your psyche but on your emotions too. You do not want to feel unhappy because you don’t have anything interesting to do or, worse, nothing. On the contrary, you want to think that you accomplished something with your time. Hobbies are another way to fill your bored time—anything from fishing, hiking, cycling, to even writing. The bulk of the economy is made up of stores whose merchandise caters specifically to your chosen hobby.
The demand to fill your boredom will never be quenched. Your taste will change, ditching the hobby you were so enthusiastic about and looking for the next trendy thing. You can only read the same book or watch that movie so many times before you can narrate it back word for word. Thus the supply will always be the most lucrative business venture any entrepreneur can be in.