Put Down Your Phone, Give Your Brain a Break

16:22 minutes

Since the debut of smartphones, we’ve been able to obliterate moments of boredom by flicking through Facebook, Candy Crush-ing, or reading the news. But that may not be a good thing, say Manoush Zomorodi and Alex Goldmark, of the podcast New Tech City. Indeed, some studies suggest that letting the mind wander spurs creativity and contemplation. Is it time to rethink our relationship with our phones and bring back boredom?

Segment Guests

Manoush Zomorodi

Manoush Zomorodi is host of the TED Radio Hour, and author of the book Bored and Brilliant. She’s based in New York, New York.

Alex Goldmark

Alex Goldmark is senior producer of WNYC’s Note to Self (formerly New Tech City) in New York, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.