In early childhood, our ability to pick up on social cues is dependent upon the degree to which we devote our attention to noticing these cues. When an environment full of stimulation and often confusing information is thrust upon us, we tend to focus on that which is most urgent and pressing. If attention is limited, some things will go unnoticed. If our ability to filter out extraneous stimuli is lacking, we assign equal importance to everything that gets through, making it impossible to prioritize and process information.
If Superman had ADHD, boredom would be his kryptonite. On the flip side, interest would make him fly. As I’m prone to do, I looked up synonyms for boredom, which in itself is a boring word. I found the following: tedium, monotony, dullness, ennui and world-weariness. All of these terms evoke a strong sense that they should be avoided.
Words are funny things. They’re fickle and evasive. Sometimes the same word has different meanings. Contextual relationships can change as well as tone, volume and facial expression, making sound bites easy to distort. What, when, and how to say something to someone else is the essence of communication.