I fear that we have been riding the wave of previous centuries’ leisure time dividends, and that our rate of return is thinning out, as we allow ourselves less and less to invest.
Is All Our Hard Work Killing Our Future?
Mike Sturm

Brilliant point. In modern times we do not have the patience or boredom factor from doing nothing to push solutions for difficult problems. If we cannot whip it out and quickly get satisfactory feedback on our effort, we are easily distracted in our over stimulated world and lose interest in wrestling a breakthrough idea into existence.