There was a great article in the Boston Sunday Globe entitled "The joy of boredom", by Carolyn Johnson. It is all about how our lives are so filled every minute, we don't have time to be bored, and boredom is so often a source of imagination and creativity.
I remember people lamenting in the 1980s that children watched too much television -- those days now seem quaint! No internet, cell phones, iPod, or PlayStation. The simple life. I suspect that today will someday seem like a simpler time also.
Here is a link to the article. (I didn't get to read the whole thing, I was too busy...)