What the mysterious boredom divide teaches us
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We may tend to think of boredom as a response to monotonous activities. But boredom isn't this clearcut.
Research reveals that there's a significant variation in how much boredom each person can deal with.
Boredom is sometimes described as the plague of modern society.
Psychologists differ in their definition of boredom.
Psychologists now know there are at least five types of boredom.
The boredom signal is telling you that you are failing to interact with the world. The negative emotion is trying to motivate you. We really want to be cognitively engaged.
Only some people allow themselves to become bored. They recognise that sense of restlessness and find a way to turn things around.
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