Still Bored In A Culture Of Entertainment

Still Bored In A Culture Of Entertainment

by Richard Winter


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Though we have hundreds of entertainment options today--video games, the Internet, CD and MP3 players, home entertainment centers, sporting events, megamalls, movie theaters, and even robotic toys--Western culture is battling an insidious disease. It's an epidemic of boredom.
Intrigued by this "deadness of soul," Richard Winter uses the latest historical, physiological and psychological research to probe the nature, causes and effects of boredom. He explores
  • why some people are more likely to get bored than others
  • the indifference and the loss of meaning among youth
  • the attraction of extreme sports
  • how advertising promotes apathy
  • the link between boredom and addictions to violence and pornography

Not satisfied with mere description and analysis, Winter also offers practical ways to counteract boredom by learning to live with passion and wonder. So don't just turn on the TV, surf all the available channels and complain "there's nothing on." Instead, read this book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830823086
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Dr. Richard Winter, husband and father of four grown children, is a psychotherapist, counselor and professor of practical theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. A native of Britain, he trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and has lived in the United States since 1992. His books include Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment and Perfecting Ourselves to Death.

Table of Contents



1. Three Yawns for Boredom!

2. Basics of Boredom: Understimulation, Repetition and Disconnection

3. Two Types of Boredom: The Long and the Short of It

4. Entertained to Excess: Leisure, Overstimulation and the Entertainment Industry

5. Advertised to Apathy: The Stimulation and Disappointment of Desire

6. Why Some People Are More Likely to Get Bored: Perception, Personality and Proneness

7. Negated to Numbness: Anxiety, Disappointment and Emotional Shutdown

8. A Trip Back in Time: Medieval Boredom, Melancholy and Grief

9. From Sin to Self-Fulfillment: Religion, the Right to Happiness and Lack of Inner Resources

10. Haunted by Hopelessness: Postmodernism, Indifference and the Loss of Meaning

11. The Bitter Fruits of Boredom: Sexual Addiction, Aggression and Risk Taking

12. Counteracting Boredom: Six Easy Steps to an Exciting, Never-Bored-Again Life!

13. Not So Easy, Not So Fast: Some Foundational Themes of Life

14. Why Get Up in the Morning?: Boredom and the Battle


Name Index

Subject Index

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"In an age when couch potatoes surf the Web looking for a diversion from the boredom of existence, Richard Winter has not only diagnosed the debilitating disease but prescribed a cure. Read the book. It's good medicine for the soul!"

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In a world thoroughly permeated with entertainment sources such as iPads, netbooks, Blackberry phones, television programs, and the Internet, psychiatrist Richard Winter argues that we are a culture more bored than ever. Winter describes the prevalence of boredom in today's culture by describing how we are constantly engrossed in entertainment, from electronic games and television to the Internet and the joys of consumerism. As a result of constantly being immersed in various forms of entertainment, we have become not content but dissatisfied with our lives, always seeking new distractions and more extreme and risky methods of satiating our discontent. Our incessant saturation with entertainment ultimately leads to what Winter calls a "deadness of the soul", an overpowering feeling of indifference and callousness towards life. Winter then traces the concept of boredom from medieval times through today's postmodern era. After a survey of the causes and consequences of boredom, Winter finally offers practical advice for thriving in a bored world, including remembering the big picture, finding delight in the simple things of life, and practicing "active engagement" as opposed to slothfully expecting to be relieved of boredom. Winter, a Christian, also argues that victory over boredom can be found in seeking God and reflecting upon his character, his creation, and resting in the fact that we are not made to find ultimate contentment in anything this side of heaven except in our relationship to God. While I appreciated Winter's thorough study of the causes of boredom, I admit that I became, well, bored with this book. I started to read this book three times before I was finally able to plow through its entire contents. I found much of the first half of the book when Winter describes the prevalence of boredom and its immediate emotional consequences to be very repetitive (a characteristic Winter himself argues might cause boredom). However, upon reaching the halfway-point of the book, Winter does a quality job of tracing the history of boredom through time and excellently describing its effect on spirituality. I especially found his exploration of the topic of being bored with or numbed towards God especially interesting as it touched upon emotions with which I have coped. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who does not understand that our culture is too obsessed with entertainment, and that we are worse off for it. This book would also be interesting to anyone who finds themselves wondering "is that all?" or to those who could use some encouragement that our ultimate sense of contentment in this world is found not in our sources of entertainment, but in God alone.