The Encroaching Lack of Idleness

I think half the internet is -nRoP-, and the other half is split between useful content and content selling you advice on how to “optimize your life”, improve productivity, and make or manage money. Pair this pervasive, annoying content with lecherous mobile tech that might actually be strapped to your body (i.e., via a watch or cell-phone fanny pack), and the idleness of yore melts way faster than global warming can incense climate change deniers. These days your always on, always sending data up into the cloud.

I’m sure somebody can point me to research – books even – showing that people are having a hard time learning or even maintaining the ability to embrace idleness. But sitting here scribbling on a piece of paper, it occurs to me that there is a bigger concept at stake. Maybe there is no actual space for people to be idle. No physical space. No psychological space. No economic space. No unclaimed, market-free space – physical, digital, or otherwise.

To paraphrase – sort of – Howard Zinn, “You can’t be idle on a mobile device,”

And mobile devices are everywhere.