Why Do We Get Bored?

Feeling bored?

Boredom is widespread but while we usually view it in a negative way, science suggests that it can be a positive and creative state of mind.
Boredom is widespread but while we usually view it in a negative way, science suggests that it can be a positive and creative state of mind. | Source

Bored, bored, bored!

Well, there must be very few of us indeed who haven't complained of boredom at one time or another.

It's certainly a common enough phrase in many modern households with teens about the place! How many times have we clenched our teeth when we hear again the old lament, "Mom, I'm bored!"

Boredom is generally viewed as a negative thing.

To be bored is to lack imagination, to be unmotivated, to be doing less than your best - we suspect, even, a symptom of a deeper malady such as depression or other illness. Either that, or people interpret boredom as showing a lack of moral fibre and personal discipline in the person who says they are bored.

But could it be that we have simply misunderstood the experience of boredom?

Could it be that - despite our entrenched views and personal experience which seem to support the idea that boredom is a bad thing - that we have simply misinterpreted what can actually be one of the most healthy and creative mental states?

Sound far-fetched? Well, the truth often does until you start to examine the evidence. So, through the lens of scientific enquiry and a little bit of eastern mysticism - hey, why not? - we're about to take a sideways look at this problem of boredom.

I'm confident that we'll cast the whole business in a very different, surprising and creative light.

And one thing I can guarantee is - it won't be boring!

Why Do We Get Bored?

We'll examine the latest psychological research into the definition and understanding of boredom.

We'll look at what we might learn from the meditation practices of eastern mystics and why they don't get bored when they're doing nothing.

First up, let's watch this video, from the never boring V-sauce, who will help us unlock the meaning of boredom. And the funny thing is, he does manage to make the subject of boredom...well...interesting. Watch:

The Origins and Meaning of Boredom

Boredom is a Modern Problem

For some time now boredom has been far from boring to scientists.

In fact, they’ve been very busy trying to get to the bottom of the boredom problem. You see, it’s a problem which seems to be getting worse.

Before the industrial revolution, the concept of ‘boredom’ didn’t exist in the English language - there wasn’t a word for it. As we’ll see shortly, that fact alone helps us to understand what this peculiarly modern problem is really all about - and how we can solve it.

But first let’s have a look at what the scientists have been doing.

Boredom is in the Brain

We often blame our environment or the task in hand for boredom but boredom might actually be in the brain.
We often blame our environment or the task in hand for boredom but boredom might actually be in the brain. | Source

The Science of Boredom

Okay, so there’s more than one research project into the problem of boredom and so there’s more than one idea about what it means.

At the University of York in Ontario, Canada, Dr. John Eastwood has defined boredom as the experience of desiring to undertake positive activity but feeling unable to do so. He thinks that the problem is neurological, that it’s a temporary fault in the ability of the brain to maintain attention.

But before you start losing attention, you should listen to this comic song...

(play the video to hear it)

I'm Bored by Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

So, according to Dr. Eastwood, boredom is a brain thing – rather than being to do with your circumstances.

Dr. Eastwood and his colleagues carried out a survey of young North Americans and 91% of those taking part reported feeling bored – and especially feeling bored in school or at work.

Some other studies have suggested that boredom at work can lead to increased accidents as well as lower productivity.

So far, it doesn’t sound as if anything positive could come out of it, does it? But there's more.

Boredom and Pro-social Behavior

At the University of Limerick, the scientist Dr. Wijnand van Tilburg, has been making discoveries that cast the whole business of boredom in a very different light.

Dr van Tilburg on Boredom

"Boredom can paradoxically be a very strong motivator for people to seek out unpleasant yet meaningful tasks, such as blood donations, against meaningless but pleasant behaviour," said Dr. van Tilburg. "It does not promote engagement in meaningless yet pleasant behaviour."

"Boredom makes people long for different and purposeful activities, and as a result they turn towards more challenging and meaningful activities, turning towards what they perceive to be really meaningful in life.”

According to van Tilburg when people experience boredom they will often report feelings associated with a sense of purposelessness. But according to his research, this is only one step – the first step – of a positive process of personal change.

His findings suggest that the experience of boredom ultimately motivates people to actively engage in higher levels of what he terms pro-social behaviour. That is, actively seeking to engage with and help others.

His research also showed that people who regularly report feelings of boredom are more likely than others to seek out activities that are perceived to render their lives more meaningful – and this often involves being socially useful and trying hard to help others – rather than simple entertainments and distractions.

Boredom and Creativity

Other psychologists have uncovered strong links between creativity and boredom.

Boredom can arise when the established, traditional behaviors or ways of doing things, are no longer fully functional or satisfying. So a bored person will frequently shift gear into a new experimental mode and begin to try new things, to explore new possibilities: in other words, to get creative.

In such cases, boredom functions as an alarm call to change, to creativity. The experience of boredom comes about through a feeling of being under-stimulated.

That can mean that the activities and opportunities the current situation offers are insufficient to motivate the bored person – in which case it is a clarion call for them to make positive, life-enhancing changes in their life.

Boredom can lead to creativity.
Boredom can lead to creativity. | Source

Boredom as a Psychological Saftey Mechanism

When someone gets bored it can also be a consequence of having been over-stimulated in some way and so returning to normal levels requires a period of recalibration.

This is one of the reasons, many psychologists believe, that boredom is more common now than in previous centuries – especially among young people raised in the digital age.

Our lives are much more fast paced than ever. We are bombarded daily and from every angle with high-octane sensory stimuli: from the speed of traffic to the television, cinema, computer games, advertising and the general hubbub of modern living – especially in the urban environment.

Boredom as Downtime

Children can easily be over-stimulated by high-intensity video games. Boredom can then be a kind of 'hangover' as the brain tries to re-adjust to normal levels.
Children can easily be over-stimulated by high-intensity video games. Boredom can then be a kind of 'hangover' as the brain tries to re-adjust to normal levels. | Source

Our children would complain of boredom less if they had a better diet, less time spent ‘gaming’ and more time engaged in real-world activities such as sport, reading, art or just quiet conversation.

So boredom can actually serve as a safeguarding technique. We effectively ‘shut down’ because we have been over-stimulated and need some recharge/recalibration time.

Studies with teenagers have shown that excessive and prolonged sensory over-stimulation through video games can result in a diminished ability to concentrate, make decisions and value the natural world or the company of other people.

In such cases boredom is a necessary step to resetting the brain to allow normal engagement with the wider world.

Boredom Began with The Industrial Revolution

Prior to the increasing intensity of industrialized urban life, there wasn't even a word for boredom in the English language.
Prior to the increasing intensity of industrialized urban life, there wasn't even a word for boredom in the English language. | Source

No One Got Bored Before 1766

Prior to 1766 there was no word for boredom in the English language and there are no accounts of boredom as a problem.

So what happened in 1766?

Well, the technical date for the beginning of the Industrial revolution that you will find in the history books is 1760.

So within a decade of the start of the Industrial Revolution - the increasing mechanisation of life and work, the increased pace, intensity and noise of rapidly developing urban life - we get people experiencing boredom.

Given the discoveries of modern psychology, that pretty much figures, doesn't it?

Boredom Busters

Bored? Try this...
Whatever you're doing, take a two minute break.
Meditate. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and just watch your thoughts. You might surprised at the insights you gain!
Go for a walk.
Help someone else.
Allow yourself to day-dream.
Consider just leaving what you are doing. It may just not be the right thing for you.
Make a plan for the future. Then take the next achievable step, however small.
Sleep. You might find that when you wake up your brain has 'recalibrated' and the boredom has gone.
Make sure that you are not over-stimulating your brain all the time.

Why Buddhists Don't get Bored

I'm not a Buddhist and I guess that in fact this could apply to lots of other people, too. However...

We tend, in the modern industrialized West, to think that boredom is a problem to be solved by doing more and getting more stimulation.

We tend to view it as a failure to be sufficiently motivated and active.

But what of a Buddhist monk or nun, sitting for hours and hours a day in silent, still meditation - only pausing to undertake the most mundane and routine of domestic tasks? Do they not get bored?

Well, if we can trust what they say - and I'm sure we can - the answer is, no. They never get bored. On the contrary, they seem to avoid entirely these crazy mood swings between being wildly excited and enthusiastic and tired and bored.

They seem to experience a perpetual, balanced serenity.

I have nothing else to say about that.

But, in the light of everything else that we have looked at in this article, I think it is well worth thinking about. Don't you?

A Buddhist monk meditates in an empty room. Not a very stimulating environment. But he doesn't get bored.
A Buddhist monk meditates in an empty room. Not a very stimulating environment. But he doesn't get bored. | Source

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This may sound shallow of me...but I believe that people makes a choice to say they are bored...boring people are bored.

There is so much to see and do on a daily basis I do not know how anyone can be bored..that's just me though. thanks for sharing this.

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Purpose Embraced 3 years ago from Jamaica

Hi stuff4kids, thanks for an interesting and thought-provoking article. I find that I get bored when I procrastinate, and then I get upset with myself. However, I really feel that sometimes need to give myself a break ...

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi pstraubie48,

Thanks for reading this and for your comment. I understand your thoughts on that - it can often seem that way.

But would you discount the recent psychological research?

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Purpose Embraced,

Thanks for your comment. yes, I wonder if there isn't a bit of a blurred line between boredom/self-recrimination/exhaustion and so on.

Certainly, we all do well to look after ourselves as well as others.

Bless you :)

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anupma 3 years ago from India

Very interesting hub. Full of information. You give a new perspective to boredom. Really enjoyed.

Twinge268 3 years ago from Grove City, Pa

Alrighty then,

On the subject of Boredom.

The Scientific explanation on the concept of the subject matter was quite of interest tho I shant remember the gist of it moments after view it.

Was I bored or just distracted ? I should have been taking notes.

That is my personal issue; the Subject was intelligent.

But in Layman terms; how to combat boredom in this time and space of :

Two Generalized Locations; City Living and Country Living.

I grew up in the great outdoors where nature was my general surroundings; grass, animal life of various types, woods, creeks, a tree house, and so much more.

The sky was the limit and the mind expansive, with the ability of the imagination.

I was born in the late Fifties, childhood memories of the Sixties; good and not so much.

My family moved to a small former mining town where I and mine came into our first introduction of the harshness of city dwellers.

It has been a living madness ever since.

This Village as it is classified as for it's size and location has nature surrounding it all around so I could travel down dirt back road and stroll thru the forested areas even now Forty plus years later.

But if a body isn't accustomed to such an experience of freedom, it is a frightening concept.

If we were bored it was because we didn't have the incentive to motivate.

A state of mind I suppose. and it didn't cost any money for the sake of entertainment.

As opposed to City Living then and now:

then it was black and white TV's and an outside antenna.

Now ?; well we all got that covered with all the modern tech that will be the destruction of us.

These days it is but a brief attempt as a quick fix to find a means of recreation and entertainment that doesn't carry a price tag.

Expensive electronics for all ages on that prospect, then we filter in the drug and alcohol abuse.

And the negligent parenting and the lack of family moral structuring make us related but not a family.

It is a barbaric, predatory society we are thrust into.

A fight for survival, who could possibly call that boring?

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Twinge268!

And thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas on this topic. I think there are some interesting points in there and you certainly have an interesting perspective to share.

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi anupma!

Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it.

Bless you :)

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Francesca27 3 years ago from Hub Page

I enjoyed your hub, thanks for taking the time to write it.

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kj force 3 years ago from Florida

stuff4kids...Very interesting subject, you did a great job. One thing many do not consider in issues of this nature and that is nutrition. A healthy diet/proper hydration / proper vitamins actually is a factor...just thought as this is often overlooked. Beneficial to all ages...voted up..

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thanks Francesca27, I'm so glad you enjoyed it - and didn't find it boring!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi kj force,

Thank you so much for that valuable contribution. I suspect that you are absolutely right. I worry for so many modern kids who are raised on video games and junk food. Don't we love our kids any more?

But you're right, we could all do with eating well, taking exercise and spending 'real time' with friends and family. It's a pretty simple recipe for health and happiness isn't it?

Bless you. :)

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jeffreymaskel 3 years ago from Boulder, CO

Great article! I always think that it is crazy when people say they are bored. I completely understand it, but I also feel that it is very easy to mitigate. With all the information in the world how can anyone ever be bored.

There are so many hobbies and little corners of the world to settle yourself down into and be the best at that little tiny thing that most no one else really cares about. At least that's the things I like to do when I think I'm getting bored.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi jeffreymaskel,

Thanks for sharing your point of view. It does seem strange that anyone could become bored in such an endlessly fascinating world, doesn't it?

Then again, if bored is more to do with the limitation of the brain's capacity to process stimuli, rather than there not being enough of it, that might be the explanation.

Thank you again for your comment.

Bless you :)

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Interesting hub! I cannot even recall the last time I was bored it's been so long. The world is filled with too many ideas, people, images, and places to be bored. Voted up and more.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi FlourishAnyway!

Thanks so much for your contribution and I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub - and that you didn't find it boring!

Bless you. :)

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

What a clever idea for a hub. You did a great job bringing in different views of why we get bored. I think when I get bored, it's all about feeling lonely or depressed. In that way, it is a brain thing like you stated.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin!

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I'm sorry that you sometimes feel lonely and depressed. I think we all do from time to time, don't we? Yes, I tried to include a variety of ideas about the causes and effects of boredom and leave it to the reader to reflect and decide for herself.

Thanks again for reading and taking the time to comment.

Bless you :)

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Organised Kaos 3 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

Nice hub, interesting concept.

Always enjoy looking at things sideways!

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Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

I really like the whys you found for some of the boredom we come up against. The scientific examples of our bored brains really fits. Creativity does get us back on our feet again. What a great read, showing us all the positive aspects of our bored state of mind, great hub.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Organised Kaos!

Thank you for your comment. I'm happy you enjoyed this hub.

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Ruby H Rose,

Thanks for commenting. Yes, I agree with you that there is a positive link between boredom and creativity.

Bless you :)

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Just an excellent article on this subject!! Sharing this around!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Audrey,

Thanks for commenting and sharing!

Bless you :)

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Janellegems 3 years ago from Virginia

Wonderful hub on exploring this subject of boredom. I agree that definitely it is an alarm call to change and assess the current activities that still keep us bored and not motivated. Great piece for everyone, even teens. Thanks.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Janellegems!

Thanks for your kind comment. I'm happy you enjoyed this hub. Yes, i think you are right, that seeing boredom as an 'alarm call' is a good way to gain positive benefits from the experience.

Bless you :)

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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

I never realized that boredom was so interesting! Mean old me, when my kids were young, if they said they were bored, I gave them something to do. Cleaning their rooms, raking, weeding, any chore to get the blood flowing and stop the whining!

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Dolores!

Thanks for taking the time to comment. To be honest, I don't think that is mean at all but very often the right thing to do. At the same time, giving them 'time out' may be more useful than we realize, too.

I guess if our lives - and theirs - were less intense than the modern world allows we wouldn't get bored so much. I don't think, though, that we can turn the clock back. We need to find creative strategies to deal with these peculiarly modern problems.

Thanks again for your contribution. Bless you :)

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest

A very good hub. I've been struggling more with boredom lately and am actually looking into volunteering because I do feel a sense of purposelessness in my work. That really hit home. I can also attest that meditation is wonderful for helping with boredom - because it relieves the anxiety and tension of daily "stuff" and also opens the mind further bringing more clarity and richer inner experiences. :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Thanks so much Christin!

I think your strategy of dealing with boredom by seeking out useful voluntary work sounds like and excellent one - and interestingly supports Dr van Tilburg's research: a textbook case!

And I couldn't agree more about meditation - or even just allowing yourself to be wholly 'off the hook' for half and hour.

Thanks for a great contribution and your encouraging words. Bless you :)

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KoraleeP 2 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

Great Hub. While I have never really thought about the topic, it's enlightening to know that boredom isn't necessarily a bad thing.

I never would have thought that boredom leads us to do good things like give blood.

I really like your boredom busters list to help readers use their "boredom" for something good and productive, rather than focusing on being bored.

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Majidsiko 2 years ago from Kenya

Great Hub. Did not get bored reading it. I totally agree with the change in or life styles, the propensity to get bored will increase.

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Koralee!

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, i think it's a very interesting perspective that comes out of this and could be one that a lot of people who have to deal either with their own boredom or the boredom of others, may find liberating.

I'm glad you like the 'Boredom Busters' too. I hope that there will be at least one in that list that would work for most people in most situations.

Thanks for you great contribution. Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Majidsiko, thank you! I'm delighted you didn't get bored reading this hub on boredom. You can imagine what a challenge it felt to make the subject interesting ;)

Thanks so much for your kind words. Bless you :)

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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

That was very interesting. I am usually glad to start feeling bored, because as you say, it then gives me the kick start to get back into what I should be doing. Thanks.

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi DreamerMeg!

Thanks for your comment. Yes, it has been interesting so far to see just how so many people actually view boredom as potentially positive.

Bless you :)

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina

Great and very interesting hub! I never really thought about the root of boredom but agree that it can stem from a lack of stimulation and for me creativity definitely rises out of boredom. Wonderful read!

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Better Yourself!

Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm really happy that you enjoyed reading this.

Bless you :)

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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

Interesting subject! I've always wondered how in centuries past people with no radios, TVs or computers avoided being bored out of their minds during long winter evenings. Yet, as you say, for most of our history boredom didn't seem to be an issue.

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi RonElFran!

Thanks for your comment and yes, I think that, somewhat counter-intuitively, it may by the over stimulation from those very technologies that contribute to the modern proliferation of boredom as an experience.

When you are a primitive homo sapien and you don't have TV, what do you do in the evening? How about the cave paintings at Lascaux? :)

Samwise Gamgee 2 years ago

Hi, thanks for that. I was bored until I read your articulate article! Now I'm giving up Ringing Lords and going to meditate until I levitate! Hehehe. :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Samwise Gamgee!

Thanks for your comment. Made me chuckle.

Bless you :)

Keli 2 years ago

None can doubt the vetraicy of this article.

Johnd707 2 years ago

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Keli,

I'm glad you found this article about why we get bored to be so convincing.

Thanks for your comment. :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Johnd707

Yes, it is a more interesting subject than you realize at first, isn't it?

Bless you :)

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incomeguru 2 years ago from Lagos

Your boredom hub has really helped me today. i was just sitting down in front of my computer doing nothing simply because my Ipad suddenly stopped working today. Your hub then put a little smile on my face. Thanks!

PewiPie!!! 22 months ago

Hey LOVED your hub!

I'm doing boredom as a science fair project and I need a question that can help me solve it.

What would u prefer more?

The history of boredom

Why do get bored?

What dose boredom do with the brain?

Its so confusing it makes me feel so bored!

Hugz n' Pugz

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stuff4kids 22 months ago Author

Hi incomeguru,

Glad to have put a smile on your face!

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 22 months ago Author

Hi PewiPie,

Thanks for your kind comment - I'm glad I didn't bore you!

Any of those titles sound good to me. Have a great time with your science project.


banana butt 22 months ago

hi, Nice hub

I got a question.....

Do u have any hub pages about Ebola because pewipie me are having a science fair and I am doing ebola and your hub page was so epic.

thanks ;)

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stuff4kids 22 months ago Author

Hi, I'm afraid that Ebola isn't a subject I'd cover here.

However, you can find a lot of up-to-date information and resources on the subject, here:

Good luck with the science fair.


banana butt 22 months ago

thanks the website was really good

and another thing: how do you answer all these questions every day???

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stuff4kids 22 months ago Author

Hi, I'm so glad that the information was useful to you.

I'm always happy to answer my reader's questions if I can. Pop back and let me know how the science fair went for you and don't hesitate to ask if I can help further.

Bless you :)

Pop the corn 21 months ago


nice hub now I understand what boredom means!

but here is a trick question for you...

what parts of the brain make us feel bored?

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stuff4kids 21 months ago Author

Hi Pop the Corn!

Thanks for your comment and question. And you know, it seems to me that's not a trick question at all - it's a very smart and interesting one!

Currently, neuroscientists are still working on pinning down exactly what is going on in the brain when we feel bored. However, these days there are two different aspects to the way we understand how brains work and they can be summarized as 'place' and 'process.' So, some experiences can be linked to a specific place or location in the brain and others are more related to a particular chemical or electronic process that occurs in the brain but isn't necessarily linked to a single location or the same location each time.

So, in terms of place, there are some suggestions that the 'place' where 'boredom happens' is in the frontal cortex - which, interestingly, is the part of the brain that is responsible for our perception of the passing of time. And in terms of the process, several experiments have linked lower than normal levels of a neurotransmitter (a kind of chemical messenger) called 'dopamine' to the experience of boredom.

It's likely that boredom will arise at an interface between environmental stimuli and internal fluctuations in brain chemistry, which may or may not be related to a specific area of the brain.

Lots of research still to do. But that is the joy of science - it is an endless quest for better and better understanding and there will always be new questions and new stuff we don't understand!

The sort of question that you asked suggests that you might have the makings of a good scientist in you.

Thanks for your stimulating contribution (not boring at all!) and all the best.


Dimond Dirt 21 months ago

Hi awesome hub.

I was wondering how hallucinations link to boredom.


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stuff4kids 21 months ago Author

Hi Dimond!

Thanks for your kind words about this article on the subject of boredom.

In terms of hallucinations and boredom, you are right that there are sometimes links between these two phenomena. The general theory seems to be that when boredom (which can have multiple causes) is engendered by a lack of external stimuli, then hallucinatory experiences may ensue as the brain attempts to compensate for the lack of stimulation. Equally, the state of boredom is frequently linked to the experience of 'day dreaming' which, when it is profound is almost indistinguishable from hallucination.

The most common form of hallucination associated with boredom states is auditory hallucination - or hearing sounds and voices, rather than visual hallucination which is much less common.

Thanks again for your contribution and for such an interesting question!

Bless you :)

Percy Jackson POSIDON 21 months ago

Hai, Super hub!

I have a question for you...

How does Boredom affect people and our lives?


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stuff4kids 21 months ago Author

Hi Percy,

Well, some of the answer to your question is covered in the article, where the work of Dr. John Eastward is mentioned. He has discovered that boredom is frequently associated with has been associated with drug and alcohol abuse, binge eating, clinical depression, anxiety, and an increased possibility of making errors of judgement. If he's right and those are the primary effects of boredom, at least as a chronic state, then it doesn't bode well for society as a whole.

At the same time, there is an opposing school of thought (also mentioned above in more detail) which suggests that boredom can actually boost creativity and relieve stress. In which case it would be a good thing.

So what can we take away from this diversity of opinion on the matter of boredom and how it effects people and our lives? These seem, after all, to be two very contradictory views. I suppose, we could simply say that it is not possible, with the current state of research into the matter, to give a conclusive answer to the question. Or, we might suggest that boredom can be both positive and negative in its influence, depending on the reasons for it and the circumstances of the individual.

What do YOU think?

I'm enjoying your questions and your many creative pseudonyms - keep 'em coming!

Bless you :)

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