This Is Why You’re Bored

“Boringness seems to be relative: things are painfully dull to the degree that they’re less engaging than other things you might be doing. Boredom feels more intolerable, these days, because there’s so much stimulation to be had.”

It turns out things actually are more boring than they used to be — sort of.

The Guardian breaks down the results from the largest ever study on the experience of boredom and debunks the old adage that there are no boring things, only boring people.

It turns out things seem boring only in comparison to other activities and as we’ve encountered more stimulating activities in our world, those that are less stimulating feel more boring.