Boredom and its orginsBoredom is boring,but really everyone gets bored.Why is that? Is there a cure fo it? Boredom leads to many bad things such as drugs and eating disorders. We need to get rid of...

Boredom and its orgins

Boredom is boring,but really everyone gets bored.Why is that? Is there a cure fo it? Boredom leads to many bad things such as drugs and eating disorders. We need to get rid of it before it ruins our boring little world!

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I agree with #8 - my father-in-law always says 'only boring people get bored'. We have become lazy by relying on external stimuli more and more - tv, computers, etc, and as technology advances, it is possible to stimulate more than just one of our senses ( think Nintendo Wii). However, when we exercise our imaginations, we are able to be entertained with very little external intervention.

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With the introduction of the medium of television into the lives of people, a certain passivity of thought began because the activity on the TV screen calls for no interaction on the part of the viewer.  In fact. studies have been conducted in which brain waves of a person watching TV and a person reading have been compared: There is a marked difference, indeed. 

So, since some children are virtually raised before the television set, or they sit before the computer for hours, they have become habituated to passive activity and thought.  When they are no longer entertained, when education is not "fun" or "interesting," they are "bored."  Boredom, then, comes from the distance between the left and right lobes of the brain.  No imaginative or creative person is ever "bored." 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would suggest that many things impact a person's "ability" to become bored. That being said, some simply become bored more easily based upon some psychological attributes (ADHD, for one). Outside of that, I would have to agree that boredom is simply a reaction to either the brain not being stimulated enough (and the person seeks out alternative simulations) or the brain is too stimulated (and the person simply cannot focus).

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It seems to me that boredom often results when it's too difficult to find something to do - similar to #4's comment that "the person lacks the creativity to keep him or herself interested."

My husband and I are both recently retired. He has found this new stage in life to be boring at times - largely because he has a limited number of hobbies and hasn't found many other activities to fill his days. On the other hand, I have all kinds of things I want to do in retirement that I haven't come close to starting as yet because I'm busy with other projects. Boredom is not going to be an issue for me for many years...!

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litlady33 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I'm no expert on the subject, but I would say that boredom becomes more prevalent as we have more stimulants- internet, video games, TV, etc. These days, people are constantly tuned into something, and it takes more and more to keep a person's focus. People have trouble listening to one thing for a long time, and they get bored and want to tune something out. I think interenet has contributed to this a lot with all of the short videos and blogs that hold our interest for a few minutes and then allow us to move to something else. It's easy to become bored when we are used to being able to go to our smartphone at a moment's notice and check the latest facebook or twitter updates. I'm not sure what the cure is for this. Maybe instead of turning to something else when we're bored, we should condition ourselves to focus on one thing for a significant amount of time.

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Boredom comes more from the mind of the person who is bored.  It comes about when the person lacks the creativity to keep him or herself interested.  People who are interested in a variety of things are rarely bored.  A person in a boring lecture might daydream or might look around at others in the lecture, observing behaviors or making up stories about the people around them.  People only get bored on a regular basis if they lack the creativity or variety of interests needed to keep themselves interested.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Yes, we all get bored. This is because our brains are always thinking and always active. When our mind isn't challenged, we experience boredom. The cure for boredom is to challenge ourselves. If a class is boring, find a way to make it interesting. By that I mean find a way to challenge your mind during class that is not disruptive and does not prevent you from paying attention. For instance, I had a college course that was very dull. I kept myself focused by turning his lectures into diagrams and pictures along side my notes. I would have to disagree that boredom leads to drug problems and eat disorders. These are typically associated with a trouble mind. Someone who feels a lack of control in their life might be susceptible to an eat disorder or a drug addiction. People don't turn to drugs or eating disorders because they are bored. These types of problems stem from much deeper psychological issues.
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hajmur | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

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Yes, we all get bored. This is because our brains are always thinking and always active. When our mind isn't challenged, we experience boredom. The cure for boredom is to challenge ourselves. If a class is boring, find a way to make it interesting. By that I mean find a way to challenge your mind during class that is not disruptive and does not prevent you from paying attention. For instance, I had a college course that was very dull. I kept myself focused by turning his lectures into diagrams and pictures along side my notes. I would have to disagree that boredom leads to drug problems and eat disorders. These are typically associated with a trouble mind. Someone who feels a lack of control in their life might be susceptible to an eat disorder or a drug addiction. People don't turn to drugs or eating disorders because they are bored. These types of problems stem from much deeper psychological issues.

I agree with your suggestion to challenge ourselves when bored. But, I strogly believe that boredom can lead to eating disorders such as binge eating disorder(BED) because when some people have nothing to do they just go into the kitchen or a near-by Mikey D's and eat for entertainment. That eating disorder in particular is increasing rapidly. Also, drugs. When you have plenty of time with nothing to do you'll take risks and try things out that you naormaly wouldnt. Those are just a few thinks i'd like you to think about...

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hajmur | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

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With the introduction of the medium of television into the lives of people, a certain passivity of thought began because the activity on the TV screen calls for no interaction on the part of the viewer.  In fact. studies have been conducted in which brain waves of a person watching TV and a person reading have been compared: There is a marked difference, indeed. 

So, since some children are virtually raised before the television set, or they sit before the computer for hours, they have become habituated to passive activity and thought.  When they are no longer entertained, when education is not "fun" or "interesting," they are "bored."  Boredom, then, comes from the distance between the left and right lobes of the brain.  No imaginative or creative person is ever "bored." 

So if your not creative and such your constatntly bored and boring? How could someone be boring? I mean if they hang out with someone who they have nothing in common with they will obviously have nothing to say to them. But, that doesnt mean they will be boring according to another person.So my question is does being bored have anything to do with being A BORING person?

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hajmur | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

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Boredom and its orgins

Boredom is boring,but really everyone gets bored.Why is that? Is there a cure fo it? Boredom leads to many bad things such as drugs and eating disorders. We need to get rid of it before it ruins our boring little world!

oops this isnt a history discussion...its more like its for my phsycology class :)

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