Interesting Facts About Boring Life: When The Going Gets Tough

Despite the busy lives many of us lead, it seems inevitable on a daily basis to find ourselves quite bored. Whether it’s on your journey to work, during your lunch break or when you’re in bed trying to fall asleep, boredom can strike at any time.
Getting bored? We know how it feels. But hey, cheer up! Don’t care if you aren’t invited to a booze party by your friends or you don’t have a date night today! You can still do something interesting to kill your time.
We will share with you some interesting facts that will help you kill your boredom. We are pretty darn sure that not only will you like them but you will definitely use the knowledge to outwit your friends next time they try to pull you down! So, let us waste time no more and learn these amazing facts!
1. Self-control is a major player in how bored people feel. Danckert has studied boredom in young adults and people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and has found that people who report feeling more boredom are more likely to have injured or underdeveloped frontal cortexes. This part of the brain plays a crucial role in self-control and self-regulation.
2. Boredom can be agitating or draining. Many people feel restless when they’re bored, prodded by an intense desire to change course. However, boredom also comes in the mind-numbing, soporific variety, like what some people feel during an unengaging lecture, said Taylor Acee, assistant professor of developmental education at Texas State University, San Marcos.
It’s also possible that people may bounce between both of those seemingly conflicting states in a single bout of boredom, he said.
3. Boredom might affect depression treatment. In a 2013 paper, Danckert and several colleagues suggested that boredom might interfere with common depression treatment in people who have had a traumatic brain injury.
The researchers wrote that behavioral activation therapy, which encourages patients to engage in activities that would promote pleasure, may not work as well in patients prone to boredom, because these patients are already motivated to engage in activities.
Instead of addressing a lack of motivation, a therapeutic approach that focuses on learning how to enjoy activities could be more appropriate in an often-bored individual with depression, the researchers said.
4. The answer to boredom might seem boring. This has yet to be tested in a study, but both Danckert and Acee suggested that reflecting on boring tasks might help make them less tedious.
For example, a factory worker whose job is to put together the same doohickey on a conveyor belt for hours on end may become more stimulated once he or she considers who that doohickey helps, or why he or she took the job in the first place.
Meditation or mindfulness training may help a person dive deeper into the meaning of a task that on the surface seems dull, the researchers said.
5. When the going gets tough, people get bored. Many people have heard the warning that smart kids who aren’t challenged enough can become bored and can misbehave. But research suggests that students who feel too challenged in school could also wind up feeling bored.
In a 2012 study, researchers gave a group of over 150 students easy and difficult puzzles, and then analyzed the students’ boredom levels. Results showed that the easy task led to more self-focused boredom (ennui), whereas the hard task led to more task-focused boredom.

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