Bored and Brilliant Challenge 2: Photo Free Day

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Hello! Welcome to day two of our Bored and Brilliant challenge! If you're here for the first time, you'll want to catch up on The Case for Boredom and then challenge number one: Keep your phone in your pocket.

Your instructions: See the world through your eyes, not your screen. Take absolutely no pictures today. Not of your lunch, not of your children, not of your cubicle mate, not of the beautiful sunset. No picture messages. No cat pics. 

We want you to start actually seeing that phone-free world around you. 

A recent study found Americans take more than 10 billion photos every month, and mostly on our phones. The thing is, each time we snap a quick pic of something, it could be harming our memory of it. This podcast is about psychology, creativity, and perception.   

Meet the man who inspired it here:


"They’re not even looking at the painting sometimes, they’re scrolling; they’re just scrolling away, looking at their phones... They’ll say I was checking and you can tell when they’re taking photos."

— Greg Colon, security guard at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City