Did you know that July is anti-boredom month? We didn’t either! So we thought it’d be a good time to look into it scientifically. While there were many videos suggesting ways to combat boredom, there weren’t many presenting the bare science. Therefore unlike our previous “Science of” playlists, which covered broad topics, this is a short 3 video playlist with some additional reading suggestions by DNews. All 3 report essentially the same science, however they have different take-aways.
Vsauce: Why Do We Get Bored?
DNews: What Kind of Bored Are You?
The Unengaged Mind
“Our central goal is to provide a definition of boredom in terms of the underlying mental processes that occur during an instance of boredom. Through the synthesis of psychodynamic, existential, arousal, and cognitive theories of boredom, we argue that boredom is universally conceptualized as ‘the aversive experience of wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity.'”
Boredom research has now become more interesting
“Being bored has just become a little more nuanced, with the addition of a fifth type of boredom by which to describe this emotion. The finding has been published in Springer’s journal Motivation and Emotion.”
Motivation and Emotion
“Motivation and Emotion publishes theoretical papers and original research reports of either a basic or applied nature from any area of psychology and behavioral science, provided that the focus is on motivation and/or emotion. While the primary orientation of the journal is on human emotion and motivation, animal studies are also published, provided they are relevant to general motivation and/or emotion theory.”
New Study Asks: What Kind Of Bored Are You?
“Most of us think we already know what it means to be bored, and we’ll look for just about any diversion to avoid the feeling. But according to recent research, boredom is not a one-size-fits-all problem – what triggers or alleviates one person’s boredom won’t necessarily hold sway for someone else.”
DNews: How Boredom Can Be Good For You
Is boredom bad for your health?
“What were you doing before you started reading this? Were you fully focused on another article? Or doing the crossword? Eating breakfast? Organising your day? Or were you staring out of the window, feeling restless and bored?”
Bored to Death: Risks from Boredom in Adolescence
“I believe Boredom has a major role to play in adolescence, for good and ill.”
Psychology: Why boredom is bad… and good for you
“Being bored could hinder our lives in ways we don’t realise – but it may also have helped shape one of our most productive characteristics, says David Robson.”
When Is Boredom a Good Thing?
“For many years Rachel* ran a progressive school which was so popular that it had a waiting list of students eager to attend.”
The surprising benefits of being bored
“One morning during my commute, I found myself without my usual literary distractions.”
Boredom at work can make us more creative
“Most of us think of being bored at work as a negative experience, but a new study suggests it can have positive results including an increase in creativity because it gives us time to daydream.”