Boredom is the unfulfilled desire for satisfying activity. It’s an unpleasant state that involves difficulty focusing our attention, a sense that time is passing slowly, and feeling tired and lethargic or irritable and restless. Boredom occurs when we can’t become engaged with our inner thoughts or the external world: we [...]
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Research into the causes of boredom is still in its infancy. At present, we know that certain personality characteristics—involving cognitive, emotional, and motivational factors—are associated with the tendency to experience boredom. In terms of cognitive factors, we know that individuals with chronic problems regulating and controlling attention—–the kind of problems [...]
Boredom has been associated with a wide range of psychological and social problems, including problem gambling, drug and alcohol addiction, disordered eating, anger, aggression, depression, anxiety, health problems, work place errors, and lost productivity. Boredom has even been associated with suicide and death. But is boredom really the cause of [...]