Boredom is unused potential

Boredom is unused potential

Boredom is a disconnection to everything we can offer the world and vice versa. It's not influenced by external simulation, it's actually an indicator of how you engage with the world.

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Boredom is a social disease

Ages ago, when people were busy trying to survive, boredom wasn’t a choice. They spent all their time securing food or shelter.

We are now overstimulated — easy access to infinite entertainment options is feeding boredom rather than discouraging it.

Embracing busyness to escape boredom

People embrace busyness  because they are having a hard time being alone and enjoying it

Being busy is a tricky form of entertainment however — we don’t feel the boredom, but it isn’t fun either.

Boredom and addictions

Boredom is responsible for increased risk of overeating, gambling, alcohol, drug abuse. 

Individuals with high boredom-proneness are more likely to suffer from anxiety, OCD depression.

  • A form of anxiety. We search for external antidote to boredom: Netflix, a device, company to rescue us.
  • Rooted in fear. We are afraid of being alone with ourselves and paying attention to who we are.
  • The realization that what really makes us feel bored is our thoughts, not reality itself - the world is predictable, our thoughts about it are repetitive.
  • Meditate: Once you stop resisting boredom, it’s no longer threatening;
  • Boredom feeds creativity: Mind wandering invites creativity.
  • Avoid technology: Entertainment snacks will make you crave for more.
  • Recover the joy in performing mundane tasks: Recovering the pleasure of performing small duties builds a sense of pride and achievement.

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Studies on human behaviour showed that some people would prefer to give themselves electric shocks than to sit quietly in a room alone.

If people are placed in environments that lack meaning or are having less of a social-ecological diversity, they are more likely to be bored and take that boredom as a call to action towards harmful activities like drugs, violence and alcohol abuse.

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Many of us want circumstances that are the perfect fit. Just like Goldilocks, we don't want it too hot or too cold. We want it just right.

It's hard to engage fully with tasks that are either too much or too little; too challenging or too simple. The mismatch can leave you bored. However, when you find yourself in the middle of the Goldilocks Zone, you get to a state of flow, where you are perfectly challenged and growing.

  • Bored people are more susceptible to impulsive behaviour, substance abuse, gambling addiction, compulsive mobile phone use, depression, etc.
  • Boredom also seems to be linked to many personality disorders, such as covert narcissism. These people think they are incredibly talented, but feel they are not given credit for it. Other personality traits linked to boredom include anger and neuroticism.
  • Altogether, being prone to boredom may be partly caused by having poor emotional control.

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