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Boredom proneness is not so much a trait – it’s more about what you do

15 May 2017

“The truth is that everyone is bored,” according to Albert Camus. But a new article in the journal Emotion gets beyond sweeping statements in the most comprehensive study of everyday boredom to date.

The nationally representative sample of 4000 American adults used an iPhone app to record their mood every waking half-hour, with boredom turning up in only three per cent of entries. 

When boredom was present, it was often mixed with other negative emotions, like loneliness and sadness, and rarely with positive ones.

Surprisingly, boredom had a strong relationship with anger, which goes against the idea that boredom, itself low-arousal, cannot mix with more intense feelings.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.


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