Manoush Zomorodi is host of the TED Radio Hour. Formerly, she was managing editor of WNYC’s Note to Self (formerly New Tech City) in New York, New York. She’s also author of Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (St. Martin’s Press, 2017).
Why Is Daydreaming Difficult For Grownups?
Daydreaming is harder for adults, who often require a prompt to think about something pleasant.
The High Cost Of Notifications
The more you’re interrupted, the more likely you are to interrupt yourself. Can we win the war on our prefrontal cortex?
The Case For Boredom
How our smartphones are robbing us of an undervalued cognitive resource—and what to do about it.
The Price of ‘Free’ Internet Services? Your Privacy
As we trade more and more of our personal data to big companies in exchange for their services, internet users must decide for themselves where to draw the line on internet privacy.
Put Down Your Phone, Give Your Brain a Break
Some studies suggest letting the mind wander spurs creativity and contemplation. Is it time to rethink our relationship with our phones and bring back boredom?
Would You Trust a Robot to Schedule Your Life?
Given access to your Google calendar, a personal assistant named Amy will happily schedule all your appointments. The catch? She’s a machine—a digital personal assistant.