Why are you bored?

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By: Ethan Vu

Everyone gets bored but don’t you wonder why?  It usually happens when your friend is ranting about an unimportant event that you didn’t go to or you’re waiting for the bus and forgot to charge your phone.  But why does it happen?  Be prepared to find out yourself why you are bored.

 

There are two conditions that need to be met in order to feel bored.  In order to feel bored you need to have a higher arousal.  If you have a lower arousal then you feel relaxed.  If you have a higher arousal then you have energy but don’t have anything to do therefore creating boredom.  The second condition is that when people have trouble focusing their attention they believe it is a cause of the environment.  When people have trouble focusing attention they believe it is the environment and that causes boredom.  Boredom also occurs when you don’t have control over the situation.  For example, if you don’t like a story and you can’t listen to anything else you get bored.  If you are bored with playing a game you close the game and find something else to do.

For more information:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201209/what-is-boredom