What Boredom Is Really About
What is boredom? In a new study, psychologist John Eastwood of York University investigated the mental processes that underlie our feelings of boredom:
“In an article in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, Eastwood and colleagues define boredom as ‘an aversive state of wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity,’ which arises from failures in one of the brain’s attention networks. People are bored when they:
When I was a child and complained about being bored while waiting in line or sitting on a park bench, my mother would say, “Let’s people-watch.” Just observing people, imagining what their stories might be, is fascinating. Not to mention slowing down and noticing what’s going on with your own thoughts and emotions. I can’t remember the last time I felt bored. How about you?