Student Number

07970

Degree

BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)

Department

Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

2018

Date of Submission

2018-01-08

Advisor/Supervisor

Dr. Amana Raquib, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, IBA, Karachi.

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access

Abstract / Summary

Boredom is an inadequately understood phenomenon mainly because there has been very little research done on it and these researches lack an interdisciplinary approach and exclusively rely on qualitative designs. There is also a dearth in current scholarship about the impact of technology on boredom and often just a hint is given in the discussion sections. This thesis explores the impact of technology on the experience of boredom in millennials qualitatively by carrying out an interpretative phenomenological study. Participants’ interview were the primary source of data on which analysis was made using existing theoretical framework in the fields of Psychology and Philosophy. The key issue explored was how technological over-stimulation served as a distraction and impacted the experience of boredom. Findings outlined that our use of technology has traditionally suppressed boredom but now it is resurfacing in the form of existential boredom. This can be visualized in our current experience of technology where we continuously scroll and swipe on our screens, shift between our gadgets and engage in hours of mindless, futile activity. Such an experience is chiefly characterized by a longing for something more, something that cannot be achieved by the available prospects.

Pages

vi, 94

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