Boredom has Negative Overtone
Boredom has become another dirty word like pain and nightmare. People want to avoid boredom at all costs – ever heard the phrase “bored to death”. That is how negatively boredom is viewed when in fact; it is only a lack of stimulation and is characterized by slow reactions, lack of productivity, lack of alertness, and reduced emotional response.
An important characteristic of boredom is that it is generally a creation of the person who is bored. Being more precise it depends on the value judgment; things are boring only if someone judges them as boring. While some people get easily bored, others are almost immune to it.
Causes of Boredom
“Boredom is the fear of self.” — Marie Joséphine de Suin
“Boredom is your mind and body’s way of telling you you’re not living up to your potential.”
— Hal Sparks
Boredom is more common in people who thrive on excessive stimulation and change. They require frequent thrills to not get bored and quite often this desire for change keeps them busy. Even slight monotony (lack of stimulation) makes them highly uncomfortable. As a result they would like to be always busy just for sake of it. Their hyperactive nature keeps them glued to Internet reading or writing mails or exchanging messages at social media sites. It can also manifest in many other compulsive behaviors such as aimless eating – and you know the consequences.
In an experiment where subjects were keep in an environment of sensory deprivation, most dropped out despite the fact that they were being paid well for doing nothing! For them boredom meant punishment. This is why solitary confinement is really harsh and is a dreaded condition for many. It is a state of zero social stimulation which can trigger severe anxieties and helplessness.