What Is Boredom?

What Is Boredom?

What is Boredom? Boredom is the unfulfilled desire for satisfying activity. It’s an unpleasant state that involves difficulty focusing our attention, a sense that time is passing slowly, and feeling tired and lethargic or irritable and restless. Boredom occurs when we can’t become engaged with our inner thoughts or the external world: we are disconnected. Given thatattention is the cognitive mechanism that controls the focus of our engagement, it could be said that boredom involves a failure of attention. The explanations we give as to why we’re disconnected are also important. For example, when bored we might explain our predicament by blaming the external world...

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