Kids today: we already know that their FaceWii and their MyStation are making them fat and destroying their ability to form lasting relationships — but are they also failing to learn the value of boredom?
Nigel Farndale of the Telegraph thinks so. He writes,
Children nowadays have more toys to distract them than ever before – toys that are more sophisticated. This suggests they are bored because they are over- rather than under-stimulated. For with choice comes restlessness, a nagging feeling that there might be something better to play with, or something on television they are missing, if only they were not wasting their precious time playing with toys. But when they turn the television on, they hop constantly between the hundreds of channels available, so there is no rest for their minds there either.
Farndale is hardly the first to claim that today's children are glutted with entertainment, nor is he the first to extol the virtues of just staring into space (I hear this did wonders for Kaspar Hauser). However, he does have other kidstodayologists beat when it comes to extolling the Gallant-y wholesomeness of his own children's upbringing: