Suburbia is boring -not to say scary. I have always found USA daily life boring, and when I worked there, did nothing that would qualify for “fun” unless you count a couple of rare day trips. Most fun I had was, indeed, shopping.
Most of my classmates, friends and family in the US do lead what to me seems like boring lives, work/home/long commutes. Most engage in a lot of unusual DIY projects. When you have a Latino crocheting, you know you have real boredom…
In the ol country people do a lot more of socialization -maybe a little too much, mostly alcohol based, and since they find that very exciting, anything else is boring. But it is the same as US, as cars are vital, watch TV 8 hours or more. But you have the beach and that is so fine.
Taiwan for me is more exciting as there is always something going on, there is great ease in going from one place to another, and the choices of entertainment and learning are endless … if you speak Chinese. Otherwise, it is difficult and limited. Sure, you can say, oh visiting another train station town?! They are all the same! Ugh, crowded trains, ugh, taking the MRT, better stay in and watch DLs TV series. Then you will get bored and depressed. Unless it is winter. And you have good company. Then please do stay in, in bed, exercising wink wink. That would be more interesting that anything else.