One of the universal causes of Boredom is the notion of “waiting”. Martin Heidegger noted this as the emotion which emerges when someone is waiting in line, or when someone is waiting for another to finish a project from them, or when someone may be waiting in traffic. Other philosophers that have researched boredom noted that boredom is a serious serious factor that impacts many different areas of a person’s life. If a person was LESS PRONE to be bored, they were found to be happier people in general, and performed better in most areas of their lives, including career, family, and education. What was also found was that boredom could be a source of clinical depression. Also of learned helplessness found in the Pavlov dog experiments.
When you are learning a new skill, a very common cause of boredom is when you lack understanding or if a person is not following what the professor is saying in class. However, the opposite may also be true. If the student is so very advanced or has high intelligence, then the classroom material may be boring for him.
It is interesting also that studies have shown that boredom has been studied as being related to drug and gambling issues in people. The study discovered that gamblers are seeking stimulation to avoid states of depression and boredom.
Therefore, it is of paramount importance to understand why a person is bored, and what they should do about it. Much of what you must realize is that if you are bored, you are feeling empty inside, and you are fed up with the lack of PURPOSEFUL activity and the repetitive situation that you find yourself in.
Boredom has its roots on one of the five causes: Procrastination, Lack of Useful Energy, Gaps in your Schedule, Environmental Obstactles, and Lack of Motivation. If you are procrastinating, find out what things you are putting off and finish the task. If you have a lack of useful energy, find an activity that will use the energy you have in abundance like doing something physically active or creative. If there are Gaps in Your Schedule, like during a long summer or winter break, simply add more relevant tasks. If there are Environmental Obstacles like waiting in line, simply wait for the situation to resolve itself. If there is a Lack of Motivation, address with serious reflection and set new goals and reestablish priorities, desires, and passions.