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I think the point was that feelings of boredom prompt you to "get up" and do something else. When you can't do something else, such as being stuck doing a repetitive task, your mind wanders and tries to "escape" -- which sometimes results in creativity. Creativity such as "How can I get out of doing this?" or "Couldn't I be doing something else that involves my brain a little more?"

When I'm doing nonsense tasks that should really be handled by computers at work, I do come up with ideas about other things I'm working on -- so much leftover brainpower not being utilized with the mundane duties that it diverts itself to solving real problems that are more interesting.

Compare these two people: Both work in a warehouse, and their job is to move boxes around all day, with no rhyme or reason that they are privy to. One person is entirely engrossed in the work, and devotes the entirety of their being to being the best box-mover possible. That person feels not an ounce of boredom while performing the job.

The other person does the work, but finds it extremely boring. They spend a portion of their unused brain on thinking of other jobs they might rather be doing, getting promoted out of doing the box job, or on ways to minimize how much time they spend on the meaningless movement of boxes, such as ways that the boxes could be sorted better, or coming up with ideas on machines that could do the job better thus freeing them from the boredom.

Which person is going to come up with a new idea or push themselves further?


>>I hate how my tax money is funding a whole bunch of those kinds of "studies".<<
They are researching because they're bored :)

You read a scientific study and opened up a discussion about it because *you* were bored You learned new stuff and heard opinions, even if you didn't ultimately agree with the research.


Edison, Bell, Curie, et al wasn't bored when they went out and discovered all that stuff so the rest of us could live better... They were inspired by something already (such as distinct practical problems), and that something wasn't idle time nor was it boredom.

Much of what boredom brings is just "time killing"- Such as trying to pass time like what I'm doing here. If I'm really inspired for something better right at this second I really would be doing it................... but nope.

I'm getting some kind of mild entertainment from the thread, and that's time-kill and not really any sort of inspiration-gathering or production. Some are just bored at wherever they are, and the "reverse production" they do are actually harmful as some others have pointed out.

Edit: As for the researchers... It's their job to cough up research once they have the grant... No research, no job for them. Idle studies like this for them is "job security".


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Correlation =/= causation, where is the actual SOURCE for this article?


The article linked to http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103113002205 but the study is a waste of my tax money...
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www.fastcompany.com/3042046/the-science-behind-how-boredom-benefits-creative-thought


The popular belief is the result of numerous past studies that found people with "boredom proneness" as lacking excitement and becoming easily frustrated or weary in challenging situations. But recent research finds that being bored promotes creative association and pushes one to find deeper meaning and satisfaction.



Ohhh no it doesn't. Being bored DOESN'T push me to find deeper meaning. It pushes me to the CR forums.

Is it good for you?


Yeah.... depending on how you use your "bored" time. I typically browse or read things, then find things I want to try out, or as I learn more and more things, I tend to try to combine or deconstruct things so that I have ideas for more new things to do or try....

But not everyone is like that.

As for the title.. That's kinda the problem with science today. People think science is by necessity boring.

Meanwhile, science can be REALLY fun and exciting to explore and do.

Botany for example. I just recently read a thing on bracts and that led me to an article on bamboo which got me thinking of bamboo shoots.

Around here bamboo is a big invasive species... BUT with a bit of research, I have a good idea that some of the invasives are actually one of the better tasting sources for edible bamboo shoots, so in the spring I hope to do some harvesting to experiment with it, and hopefully also do a little "invasive species control" myself.

Remember: science always begins in the kitchen.
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As for the title.. That's kinda the problem with science today. People think science is by necessity boring.

Meanwhile, science can be REALLY fun and exciting to explore and do.

Botany for example. I just recently read a thing on bracts and that led me to an article on bamboo which got me thinking of bamboo shoots.

Around here bamboo is a big invasive species... BUT with a bit of research, I have a good idea that some of the invasives are actually one of the better tasting sources for edible bamboo shoots, so in the spring I hope to do some harvesting to experiment with it, and hopefully also do a little "invasive species control" myself.

Remember: science always begins in the kitchen. ;)


Welllllll the title doesn't really say anything about science being boring as much as science being misused (to waste taxpayer money).

Yep science begins in the fridge when all sorts of interesting stuff grows after being left there for too long.

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Just checking, you are a citizen of one of those two states whose institution is running the research, and you're sure the money doesn't come from a private grant or the like?
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It pushes me to sleep.
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Not sure if it's good or bad, but it's pretty much my constant state of being.
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At least it makes me laugh when people put out something like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2W4IBrArQE&list=PL99B7C84CA548F264&index=134
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