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December 30, 2008 6:13 PM   Subscribe

Ever spend a few moments during the day idly mucking about with your cellphone? You're part of a new trend known as micro-boredom - which now presents "a significant opportunity for a publisher to exploit readership and advertising consumption". Get away from the bombardment of advertising and find some sacred space, or just turn off the phone.
posted by divabat (30 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Not me. I'm deadly serious about mucking about with my cellphone.
posted by pompomtom at 6:37 PM on December 30, 2008


Pretty big leap from mucking about with a cellphone to a "sacred space."
posted by proj at 6:39 PM on December 30, 2008


MetaFilter: part of a new trend known as micro-boredom.
posted by DU at 6:45 PM on December 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Someday, if man learns to live in peace with his brothers, our distant ancestors will discover intelligent life on a faraway planet. And they will explore the most effective methods of marketing to them.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:46 PM on December 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: part of a new an established trend known as micro-boredom.
posted by pompomtom at 6:55 PM on December 30, 2008


While you're writing your witty response to this post, why not take a sip of refreshing Dr Pepper? He didn't earn that degree so you could go thirsty.
posted by drezdn at 7:04 PM on December 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


Turn off the phone.
posted by killdevil at 7:04 PM on December 30, 2008


Kill your phone.
posted by stbalbach at 7:15 PM on December 30, 2008


Eat your phone.
posted by xorry at 7:29 PM on December 30, 2008


Phones shouldn't be consumed raw. After turning it off and killing it, stick it in the over for 45 minutes, it will be much tastier.
posted by public at 7:38 PM on December 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm getting pretty bored with the Scoble/tech crunch hyping the next corporate sponsored "social networking revolution". The only reason Twitter became as popular as it did was because of the ultra-restricted nature of the cellphone "internet" making it impossible for people to communicate en-mass in an unfettered manner. They had to go through providers, which had to negotiate directly with corporate overlords.

With newer "more open" handsets coming out, and net neutrality advocates ascending at the FCC, hopefully we should see real network access on devices. But it's something we'll have to fight for.

We're not seeing anything new here, just warmed-over crap with more marketing and ads being jammed in our faces. Now the "new media types", having mined the wide open fields bare are reduced to digging through the last little nooks and crannies, trying to scoop up the last tiny drops of attention. It's over folks. People have all the information and entertainment they need.
posted by delmoi at 7:46 PM on December 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I was micro-bored while waiting to get my haircut today. I turned on my phone, started idly mucking about and got micro-pissed when I realized that the Tetris game on said phone is only a demo. Fuck you Verizon, fuck you right in your sacred space with a red hot poker you cheap fucks.
posted by MikeMc at 7:46 PM on December 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Braise your phone in garlic butter.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:56 PM on December 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm reading this on my iPhone because I was a little bored.
posted by seawallrunner at 8:35 PM on December 30, 2008


I'm reading this on my iPhone because I was a little bored.

If I get macro-bored I'll try reading this on my television via the PS3 web browser. Because nothing is better at curing boredom than trying to web surf using a DualShock 3 as your sole input device.
posted by MikeMc at 8:48 PM on December 30, 2008


HURF DURF PHONE EATERS
posted by qvantamon at 8:50 PM on December 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Because nothing is better at curing boredom than trying to web surf using a DualShock 3 as your sole input device.

You know...if you could enable the Sixaxis motion control and the DualShock force feedback it could make for some "interesting" PS3 pr0n surfing. Back to the lab!!!
posted by MikeMc at 9:11 PM on December 30, 2008


Is it bad if I get bored while in my sacred space? I got through about 4 minutes, and I thought of a good joke to text my friends.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:54 PM on December 30, 2008


Joe Beese: s/ancestors/descendants/
posted by Araucaria at 10:03 PM on December 30, 2008


If you're not 100% entertained 100% of the time, something is terribly wrong!
posted by Legomancer at 6:40 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


For those micro-moments [waiting in line at post office, doctor's examining room] I read text files on my BB. Longer essays or articles==> File ==> Save As ==> Text. Mobipocket converts them into e-book and transfers them onto BB. Thank you but no thank you to marketing "pushed" in my face.
posted by ohshenandoah at 6:55 AM on December 31, 2008


This thread is boring... hey listen to this new ringtone by the frog people!
posted by Pollomacho at 6:59 AM on December 31, 2008


are we to pray to Steve Jobs or what?
posted by maltorrance at 7:30 AM on December 31, 2008


Araucaria: No, he meant ancestors. After we have lived in peace and harmony for that long, we'll also discover time travel, and recruit our ancestors to market to the aliens, so that we can have more time to browse banner ads on our cell phones.
posted by Reverend John at 7:36 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think that I'll alleviate my micro-boredom by plotting ways to make "conspiracy to infiltrate my alone-time with your fucking marketing schemes" punishable by life in solitary.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:11 AM on December 31, 2008


>Is it bad if I get bored while in my sacred space?

congrats, you have transitioned into the realm of macro-boredom, a mere two subway stops short of catatonic. Beware all sals and adverts, they gots you right at your most marketable.
posted by Fupped Duck at 10:42 AM on December 31, 2008


These so-called “micro-boredom” moments occur in three- to six-minute intervals during the time a consumer is using his or her cell phone. And these intervals, which can occur anywhere from five to 20 times a day, represent a significant opportunity for a publisher to exploit readership and advertising consumption.

That is just such a sad way to look at...life.
posted by gottabefunky at 12:56 PM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


I never want to read or hear the phrase "Robert Scoble's social media starfish" ever again.
posted by Happy Dave at 11:51 PM on January 2, 2009


I never want to read or hear the phrase "Robert Scoble's social media starfish" ever again.

Would it help if it was made of chocolate?
posted by drezdn at 6:29 AM on January 3, 2009


Most assuredly not.
posted by Happy Dave at 9:35 AM on January 3, 2009


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