I'm not sporty. I'm not sociable. But I'm never bored, long as I have my mind with me. I've never been truly bored for very long.
I never feel the need to go out and kick something round until it passes an arbitrary point, or dull my upper brain functions with liquids, to have a good time. This doesn't mean I'm a boring person. It means that my ways of finding enjoyment are not related to physical activities or 'hanging with the guys' or 'drinking'.
That I don't go kick the fuck out of a ball (or beat it with a bat) does not automatically mean that I'm not "engaged with the world". My circle of friends are people I enjoy hanging out with, simple as that. I don't enjoy hanging out with meatheads, annoying people or alcoholics, which shuts about 99% of the people possible out. This means my "circle of friends" is narrow. So freaking what?
Sure, the entire article is interesting, but I completely disagree with the stereotypical "your life becomes better if you stop using digital media, you pasty useless weakling friendless fucking geek" message that I feel the article somewhat carries.
My parents used to say something slightly similar. Something within the veins of the entire "unplugged beats plugged" thing. They always stated that people you know online "aren't true/real/actual friends" (the wording changed, but basically I couldn't count them as friends because I couldn't punch them physically in the face if I was mad at them, apparently). I never, ever, ever understood even the very beginning of this thinking, at all. I MARRIED a person that I knew for the first year ONLY over the internet. She was NOT different in real life.
When you meet someone on the internet, and befriend them, they become your friend. Not your "internet friend", just plain your friend. Plugged life is in no way inferior, or superior, to unplugged life.
That is the simple fact. That some people are unable to cope with boredom without resorting to kicking shit (preferrably round things that other people are also trying to kick. IE: Sports) doesn't change it a tiny bit.