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We all get bored sometimes, but boredom is a little different in a global pandemic.


In the study, people who had gone through a boredom-inducing task — methodically sorting a bowl of beans by color, one by one — later performed better on an idea-generating task than peers who first completed an interesting craft activity.

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The bored folks outperformed the artists both in terms of idea quantity and quality, as ranked by objective outsiders who ased uniqueness scores to each one. Those findings are likely no surprise to Sandi Mann, a senior psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in the U. Mann is the author of The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom Is Goodand a proponent of embracing the emotion, negative connotations and all.

You may be surprised by what you come up with when you do.

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Studies have shown, for example, that modern tools including work ssocial media and dating apps can strain mental health — so taking a break can be a valuable opportunity to recharge. To tap into true boredom, she suggests picking an activity that requires little or no concentration — like walking a familiar route, swimming laps or even just sitting with your eyes closed — and simply letting your mind wander, without music or stimulation to guide it.

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Our cultural attachment to our phones, she says, is paradoxically both destroying our ability to be bored, and preventing us from ever being truly entertained. Next time you find yourself in line at the grocery store, in a tedious meeting or killing time in a waiting room, resist the urge to scroll.

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