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Almost all of us have likely said "I'm bored" at one point or another.
This may mean we are doing something incredibly dull, or are at loose ends and can find nothing of interest to occupy us. We may feel relaxed, restless, uncertain, withdrawn or unmotivated, but what we tell ourselves is, "I'm bored."
However, because of the work of some scientists – curious humans who love to examine and categorize things – different types of boredom have been identified. Now, anyone so inclined can be specific about his or her boredom, calling it by its scientific name. Fortunately, the names are not in Latin.
In 2006, Dr. Thomas Goetz and Anne Frenzel determined four specific types of boredom. More recently, Goetz and others have added a fifth kind to the list.
The research on boredom – not to be confused with boring research – reveals that the five types of boredom are not just dependent on the intensity of the boredom experienced, but have much to do with the experience's real-life situation.
It was also found that individuals do not randomly experience the different boredoms over time. Instead, we each tend to experience the same kind repeatedly, suggesting that boredom type may be related to personality and temperament differences.
The researchers are also looking at how the types of boredom affect people’s capacity for learning and achievement.
Source: Medical News Today
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