Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21895704"When children have nothing to do now, they immediately switch on the TV, the computer, the phone or some kind of screen. The time they spend on these things has increased.
"But children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them."
It is this sort of thing that stimulates the imagination, she said, while the screen "tends to short circuit that process and the development of creative capacity".
This makes some intuitive sense to me, though tbh, the article is kind of crap.