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Boredom 'essential' for children

Have our phones, iPods and games consoles become safety blankets for people to avoid ever being alone with their own thoughts?

Author Tim Lott and Louise Chunn, of Psychologies Magazine, analyse whether the endless supply of activities and new technologies means the death of boredom.

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