Very well written synopsis of a global enigma, OP.
As an over 60 year old, you hit a nerve with that third idea... so I thought I'd try to explain what a pre-computer, pre-internet, pre-electronic
toy/video game world was like. Hell, I even vaguely remember pre-teevee...
No distractions, but a lot of enforced mental boredom that did mean you could spend more time just thinking; you *thought* while you were outside
playing with your siblings (does anyone play in sandboxes anymore? Odd how much time that took up), or kicking a ball around, or taking your bike as
far as you were allowed, or reading, reading, reading anything there was in the house to absorb, even cereal boxes and match covers if that's all that
was available. Board games if you could find someone to play with, Monopoly games that lasted two days and invariably ended with a fight, (whoever
gets Boardwalk and Park Place always wins...training for real life). A lot of time was spent by being sick for some reason, one cold after another,
chicken pox or having tonsils out. There was four or five kids in every family and we'd all spread it amongst ourselves. No one ever went to
daycare, and when Kennedy was shot, they closed the schools early and sent everyone to walk home, knowing that an adult would be there (?!)
When at age 4 the teevee arrived, what a revelation! My parents never listened to the radio for some reason, so this was the first big window on a
larger world. Only a few hours a day at first, and one, then two and rapidly a third channel. Nightly news that was utterly trusted, first local and
then the more exciting national news with that stirring anthem-like musical beginning. Those newscasters were gods. (Did you know before that, most
people got their news from pouring over the local newspaper, radio broadcasts and from 'newsreels' when they went to the movies? And everything was
always announced with that 'voice of god' urgency.)
Then things sped up; school took up a lot of time, summer and Christmas was what you looked forward to, the march of the recurring holidays. I
remember spending months planning my Halloween costume, only to have it be covered by a coat because of cold weather; after a while I lost interest in
bothering... :-/ School meant hours of boredom, waiting to get home to read some more, and the best part of school was often the walk to and from,
a half mile both ways, no matter the weather; I felt alive then and it was fun watching the seasons change and picking up horse chestnuts from the
huge tree I passed every day.
Every autumn started to be designed not by what grade I was going into so much as 'what new shows' were being offered, and talking about them at
school. Star Trek was a game and mind changer, it was futuristic! It almost felt like only 10 years later, that'd be the world we were living in.
Compared to the other 'old people' shows on at the same time, it was truly revolutionary, the Ed Sullivan variety shows and sit-coms, just a few years
after Westerns had died out.
The big difference I notice between then and now? More information, at your fingertips (your choice whether you wallow in Kardasian type nonsense or
read cutting edge science information, research or waste time, whatever your interests, they're delivered to you in spades). The world is undeniably
global now, fully electronically connected like the best of beehives. But a lot of us are drones.
Is it causing your depression, or are you just normally rather low key? Try going cold turkey, go camping for two solid weeks...You'll be
alternatively bored out of your gourd, and feel more inner quietude. if you need more 'real' interaction with people, try traveling in a foreign
place where every step you take will be forced instant adaptation to 'different'.
Maybe, for all your instant cerebral gratification, you're actually bored with it.
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