Boredom is referred to as an emotional state where a person finds themselves with nothing to do, and is not interesting in their surroundings or people. They don’t feel challenged, and if not addressed can lead to depression. It can range from being unpleasant to downright painful. In your work, boredom can be described as a feeling that emerges from engaging in an activity where the person has too much skill and feels he or she is being underutilized.
Modern psychological research states that boredom all involves the issue of “attention”. When a person is PREVENTED from participating in some desired activity, or when a person is FORCED to participate in an undesired activity, or when a person CANNOT engage in ANY activity, then boredom often arises. In all instances, boredom tendencies are associated with deficiencies of attention spans. Also research has shown that a person’s tendency to experience boredom is linked to depression, physical, educational, and social problems. Therefore, your issues of boredom much be considered with importance.
As we discussed boredom is a situation where your own perception of your surroundings feels dull, repetitive, and devoid of stimulation. Always we will keep in mind that boredom differs from everyone, and say an actor or surfer will find boredom quickly when encountered with accounting software that does a person’s 1040 taxes. But the “feeling” of boredom is always the same, and it is everyone’s challenge to conquer this feeling when it comes.
Always also be aware that there is an intrinsic ANXIETY in boredom. This is another reason why boredom is a dangerous emotion. A person often puts forth a great deal of effort to fix their boredom, including sleeping and daydreaming. If you anxiety is not addressed, then depression will surely result. The reason I write that boredom fighting is mostly an internal issue is because of what Blaise Pascal wrote: “we seek rest in a struggle against obstacles. But when we have overcome these, rest proves unbearable because of the boredom it produces”. He latered avered that “only an infine and immutable object—that is God Himself—can fill this infinite abyss.
Now, we all know how we described how “God” or own’s inner divine self as experienced, but control one’s feelings of anxiety, depression, and boredom. Many philospher’s described boredom as a common psychological response to modern industrial society. Marx also referred to this as the alienation of one’s labor to that which they are doing. According to a philosopher named Erich Fromm, boredom is “perhaps the most important source of aggression and destruction today.” For Erich Fromm, the endless and vain search for thrills and novelty that characterizes consumer culture is the very root of boredom. More consumption is NOT a solution to solve boredom, but only mere temporary distractions from boredom, which he argues, as I do, which is an unconscious and mental problem to be addressed.