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Being perceived as boring

Being perceived as boring

If there’s one thing we avoid, it’s feeling bored. And worse is being boring to others.

Boredom is the state of feeling unhappy or dissatisfied because of a lack of interest or having nothing to do.

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Then pros and cons of boredom

Then pros and cons of boredom

Studies found that boredom did have negative consequences, in that people became more negative towards outsiders because it makes them feel better about their own group, and is also associated with aggression.

Feelings of boredom typically led to feelings of nostalgia, with people finding a sense of comfort or interest in reminiscing about the past.

However, boredom has a psychological purpose. It pushes people to search for new things they would find meaningful or valuable, which is a positive outcome.

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Stereotypical features that lead to a person being perceived as boring by others

Stereotypical features that lead to a person being perceived as boring by others

  • Volunteers in a study reported that the five most boring jobs were data analysis, accounting, tax/insurance, cleaning, and banking.
  • The most boring hobbies included sleeping, religion, watching TV, observing animals, and doing math.
  • Attributes that made a person stereotypically boring were having no interests, no sense of humour, no opinions, or complaining too much. 
  • People who had stereotypically boring characteristics were more likely to be automatically perceived as incompetent and cold.

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