Waiting and boredom have taken a central place in our lives during the pandemic. As the lockdown measures begin to be lifted, boredom is slowly fading out, but it is still present. It seems that some people are more susceptible to boredom than others. It is believed that the level of boredom is linked with level of brain chemical dopamine. There is also a connection between boredom and depression, which is often not diagnosed. Whatever the reason, boredom manifests through reduced engagement with the outside world. Waiting is, on the other hand, more pervasive and presents a bigger challenge now. While boredom can change gradually, waiting ends abruptly, so in a situation like the lockdown we are experiencing, waiting can outlast boredom. Waiting and boredom can be turned to our advantage. We are often most creative, most analytical and most clearheaded in a situation where boredom and waiting prevail.
- A new book contends that boredom prevents us from moving toward meaningful engagement and accomplishment.
- As the coronavirus lockdown eases, we may feel less bored, but the waiting is still strong.
- Another new book explains how we benefit from boredom, frustration and the anticipation of future events.
“This experience of boredom makes you feel very uneasy, and sometimes it feels absolutely disgusting.”