One of Isaac Asimov’s 1964 predictions for how the world would look in 2014 was that “Mankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom.” A fairly accurate suggestion, of which the internet is undoubtedly a cause. But is it really the problem?

Of course not. As Hine rightly argues - it is the lack of meaning in the information we are overloaded with. This is the real challenge the internet (or technology in general) presents. Any new development has to bring a human connectedness, and direct relevance to our relationships. Innovators must bear this in mind when shaping our future with new technology - otherwise far bigger consequences than boredom will soon have to be faced.