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What is boredom?

#1  Postby jamest » Aug 31, 2018 12:43 am

I'd like to explain boredom with a view to shafting it up the arse, but let's take it slowly. It might be more enjoyable that way.

I'm often bored these days (in general), but that was not always the case. Though kids get bored, their boredom is short-lived. Since there are no kids here, let's get to the heart of adult boredom.

Be frank/honest, or just fuck off. Sincerity/genuinity, or nothing.
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Re: What is boredom?

#2  Postby surreptitious57 » Aug 31, 2018 1:04 am

Boredom is a lack of mental stimulation and the way to avoid it is to keep the mind occupied
But being emotionally detached also helps as boredom is less likely to develop in such a mind
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Re: What is boredom?

#3  Postby SafeAsMilk » Aug 31, 2018 3:09 am

Assuming you're talking about "I've got too much free time" as opposed to "my job is tedious", I can't understand it when people tell me they're bored. How do they find the time? I haven't got enough to do the things I can, let alone the things I can't. How is it possible to have so few interests that one's managed to explore them all?

Just got re-interested in jazz, specifically the 1955-1965 period. Got a list a mile long, it'll take me months of diligent listening to get through it, and more is being added every day. How are you not constantly in the process of finding new things to be excited about?
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Re: What is boredom?

#4  Postby Fenrir » Aug 31, 2018 3:16 am

SafeAsMilk wrote:Assuming you're talking about "I've got too much free time" as opposed to "my job is tedious", I can't understand it when people tell me they're bored. How do they find the time? I haven't got enough to do the things I can, let alone the things I can't. How is it possible to have so few interests that one's managed to explore them all?

Just got re-interested in jazz, specifically the 1955-1965 period. Got a list a mile long, it'll take me months of diligent listening to get through it, and more is being added every day. How are you not constantly in the process of finding new things to be excited about?


Jazz isn't about you or how great your unappreciated greatness is so it's totally OT.
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Re: What is boredom?

#5  Postby felltoearth » Aug 31, 2018 4:04 am

I can honestly say I've never been bored in my life.
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Re: What is boredom?

#6  Postby Fallible » Aug 31, 2018 6:10 am

Genuinity? Boredom is a first world problem.
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Re: What is boredom?

#7  Postby zulumoose » Aug 31, 2018 6:25 am

I am constantly bored.
My job is a string of mindless administration tasks with vague requirements, dominated by shifting goalposts and things that cannot be completed because I have no control over them, our company deals with tail-end things that require all other companies on the projects to be finished first, and it is failing, resignations and income cuts all over the show.
My kids are teenagers who would prefer to pretend their parents don't exist, but have a constant string of demands and expenses.
I don't have spare income, or time, my life seems to be a series of responsibilities lived entirely to meet other peoples needs, for which there is no appreciation, leaving me demotivated and lifeless.
Wow, that sounds bad.
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Re: What is boredom?

#8  Postby Keep It Real » Aug 31, 2018 7:21 am

Boredom often correlates with loneliness - stimulating company is most entertaining. Occupational Therapy is my favourite term these days. Sounds to me like zulu is stuck in the worst kind of soulless, unsatisfying occupation. Occupational therapy needn't be about money, by my mind, and would exist and be properly prioritised in a Luxury Communism system.
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Re: What is boredom?

#9  Postby BlackBart » Aug 31, 2018 7:32 am

felltoearth wrote:I can honestly say I've never been bored in my life.


I've never been chronically bored. I've had accute boredom caused by temporary lack of distractions, Eg being stuck on a long plane journey, but I suspect that that's not the flavour of boredom that's the problem here.
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Re: What is boredom?

#10  Postby Hermit » Aug 31, 2018 8:00 am

What is this thing called boredom? I have yet to become acquainted with it, and being on the wrong side of 65, the chances of that happening one day are diminishing.

I do admit to having experienced what might be called situational boredom. You know, the sort of thing that happens when you see an argument with someone developing, the same argument you had with the same person a number of times before. Before you're even into it you know exactly how it ends because the result is always the same: nothing is resolved by the end of it. You dearly want to walk away for it, but you can't. So you bear it sullenly, let it wash over you and try to get it out of your mind as soon as you can.

This kind of boredom is different to the kind some people are predisposed to suffer from. Maybe jadedness is synonymous with that, or almost so. That's not for me. I do not get bored by arguments in general. They excite, rather than bore me. Just the particular type I described above is boring before it even starts. Some parties are likewise boring. Particular types of parties. In general they are rather good fun. Some music is boring Particular types of music. In general...
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Re: What is boredom?

#11  Postby NuclMan » Aug 31, 2018 11:05 am

Boredom is what motivates one to do something/something else.

I tell my daughter that constantly whines about being bored, that boredom is a good thing - it's what life is, in-between all the excitement.
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Re: What is boredom?

#12  Postby felltoearth » Aug 31, 2018 12:37 pm

I’m actually surprised a philosopher can be bored. So much to think about.
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#13  Postby felltoearth » Aug 31, 2018 12:39 pm

NuclMan wrote:Boredom is what motivates one to do something/something else.

I tell my daughter that constantly whines about being bored, that boredom is a good thing - it's what life is, in-between all the excitement.

Pretty much this. I would get in trouble in boring jobs because my mind would wander. I guess if you’re more of an introvert you don’t suffer boredom so easily?
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Re: What is boredom?

#14  Postby felltoearth » Aug 31, 2018 12:44 pm

Hermit wrote:
I do admit to having experienced what might be called situational boredom. You know, the sort of thing that happens when you see an argument with someone developing, the same argument you had with the same person a number of times before. Before you're even into it you know exactly how it ends because the result is always the same: nothing is resolved by the end of it. You dearly want to walk away for it, but you can't. So you bear it sullenly, let it wash over you and try to get it out of your mind as soon as you can.

This kind of boredom is different to the kind some people are predisposed to suffer from. Maybe jadedness is synonymous with that, or almost so. That's not for me. I do not get bored by arguments in general. They excite, rather than bore me. Just the particular type I described above is boring before it even starts. Some parties are likewise boring. Particular types of parties. In general they are rather good fun. Some music is boring Particular types of music. In general...

I’ve had to learn to curtail my response to situational boredom, which is to actually disconnect from the situation and wander somewhere else more interesting or drop a total non-sequitur into a conversation because my mind is completely somewhere else. Before a party my SO always asks me if I’m going to act weird. There’s a pretty good chance, yah. :lol:
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Re: What is boredom?

#15  Postby Animavore » Aug 31, 2018 12:49 pm

Boredom is a boot stomping on a human face - forever.
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Re: What is boredom?

#16  Postby laklak » Aug 31, 2018 12:57 pm

Ani gets it.
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Re: What is boredom?

#17  Postby felltoearth » Aug 31, 2018 1:00 pm

Animavore wrote:Boredom is a boot stomping on a human face - forever.

I would have said a burning bag of feces. YMMV.
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Re: What is boredom?

#18  Postby laklak » Aug 31, 2018 1:35 pm

I learned as a mere sprout never to say I'm bored, because Mom or Dad would find something for me to do. I don't say it to Mrs. Lak either, because she's got a penchant for making lists of shit that needs doing and it's me who does the doing.

It's like working construction, never let the foreman see you goofing off. At least be leaning on a shovel.
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Re: What is boredom?

#19  Postby felltoearth » Aug 31, 2018 2:13 pm

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Re: What is boredom?

#20  Postby SafeAsMilk » Aug 31, 2018 2:25 pm

felltoearth wrote:I’m actually surprised a philosopher can be bored. So much to think about.

Well when philosophy amounts to just making up whatever one wants, I can see how it would get boring pretty quick.
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