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Ethical Questions for Your Inner Couch Potato

The creators of the web video "High Maintenance" tell us how they choose what to stream online. Plus: how they feel about paywalls, sharing Netflix passwords, and what they smoke on set.

'Whoa!': Hear the 'High Maintenance' Star's Moving Reaction to His Own Show

Friday, February 27, 2015

When we stripped away the visuals and just listened to this scene from the webseries "High Maintenance," we made the show's own Ben Sinclair get misty-eyed. Here's what he heard. 
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The Winning Wallet Dream Houses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What brilliance looks like, when brilliance means "get bored, empty your wallet, and build your dream house."
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Bored and Brilliant: The Personal Stories

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We asked you to put some thought into the ways you use your phones. In the process, we stumbled upon a fact that is, perhaps, obvious: No two phone users are alike.
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Counting Your Phone Time Isn't Easy

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The app developers take your questions and explain how their apps track your phone habits. 
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Bored and Brilliant Apple Users, Don’t Be Smug

Saturday, February 14, 2015

People who are using our partner apps BreakFree and Moment spent an average of about 120 minutes on their phones each day last week. But there are some caveats to that number. 
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5 Reasons You Want to be Bored (and Brilliant)

Friday, February 13, 2015

"I know I will be full of regrets about the role the iPad played in my life when I'm running out of days."
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What Your Phone Stats Say About You

Friday, February 13, 2015

A look at the data from the Bored and Brilliant project offers some insights into how phone minutes and pick-ups correlate with demographics and phone behaviors. 
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18 Places Where You Can (Probably) Survive Without Your Phone

Friday, February 13, 2015

The first Bored and Brilliant Week challenge will be to keep your phone out of sight at a moment when you otherwise wouldn't. Here are some ideas.
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Bored, Brilliant and... Counterintuitively Interesting: A Reading List

Friday, February 13, 2015

Just some of the compelling reads about boredom (and beyond) you've been sending our way.
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Video: What Happened When 130 People Got Really, Really Bored

Friday, February 13, 2015

We gave them sponges, forks, and Post-it notes.
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Ask Manoush: (Warning! This Post Requires Willpower)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Here are all the apps you've been addicted to... and deleted. Consider this a test of willpower.
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Ask Manoush: I Already Took a Picture... Did I Fail Challenge 2?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What time do Bored and Brilliant challenges start every day? Did I fail already?!
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Ask Manoush: What 'Counts' as Phone Time?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

As you take the Bored and Brilliant challenges, Manoush will be answering your questions about, well, anything that comes up. Shoot away. 
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Bored and Brilliant: We Got Bored

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

We changed our phone habits, opened our minds to day-dreaming, and it felt good. 
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Challenge 6: Dream House

Saturday, February 07, 2015

It's time to get really bored and make something creative. You might just learn something about yourself. Here are your instructions! 
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Challenge 5: One Small Observation

Friday, February 06, 2015

For today's challenge, we want you to take note of one person, object, or interesting, uninventable detail you would have missed if your nose were glued to your phone.
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Challenge 4: Take a Fauxcation

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Your instructions: Craft an away-message (or use one of ours). Put it up for an hour, an afternoon, or the whole day. It will make you more productive at things that matter. 
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Challenge 3: Delete That App

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Your instructions for today: Delete that app. And listen in as our favorite casual cell phone video gamer confronts the designer of her worst addiction. 
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Challenge 2: Photo Free Day

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

We take 10 billion (yes, that's a "b") photos per month, mostly on our phones. Today, we want you to start seeing the world through your eyes, not your screen.
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Challenge 1: Keep That Phone in Your Pocket

Monday, February 02, 2015

To kick off our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges, try this: on the train, bus, sidewalk, or passenger seat, keep your phone in your pocket. Or — bonus points — in your bag.
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