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Ban Boredom - 5 Reasons Boredom Shouldn't Exist!

Updated on August 1, 2012
Ban Boredom!
Ban Boredom! | Source

Ban Boredom!

People get bored, why? They think there is nothing to do. There is always something to do.

Here are just 5 reasons why boredom shouldn't exist and hopefully after you read them, you will begin to question the next time you are bored.

The human mind is amazing, when we understand exactly why we are feeling something, we can change our mood to something more desirable.

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Impoverished people work for your benefit | Source

1. It's Immoral

Your life is probably amazing! You obviously have internet access. That alone tells me enough. You have in front of you a vast and ever-refining source of information. Fortunately, you have already found HubPages, which alone has an abundance of issues, problems and generally fun things to read and discuss!

Why is it immoral to be bored? Because there are billions of people suffering due to insufficient care and activity! 80% of the world's working population are earning $10 (PPP) a day. How does your being bored come into it? These people need help! How can you do nothing and watch your fellow man slave for nothing!? He has no choice, no freedom. At his expense, you are afforded these things. It is inhumanely disrespectful to not take every opportunity you have been given, not as a right but as a luxury.

If you are one of the people who are doing this, then we can only commend you, and only apologise on behalf of the 'bored' people who don't see it as relevant to help you or your situation!

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2. You're Usually Wrong

If you feel like you have 'nothing to do', then why not go outside and pick up litter with your time? At least then you will have made a positive contribution to the world? If there is no litter, then join a charity, help people, trim a bush, smile at a granddad. Their gratitude might be enough to convince you that there are endless things to do and resolve in our world.

If you think that litter picking and volunteer work is so far beneath you that it is not even an option (despite the fact that you have nothing to do?), then why not pick up a hobby with your friends (or make some if you don't have any): tennis, art, knitting.

Why not try to be the best at something?

Being the best at something isn't for you? Well how do you know :O

Being passionate about something, whether it is helping people, causing mischief, or improving upon yourself, eliminates boredom. Humans are naturally inclined to become addicted, get yourself into

3. You're Probably Just Tired!

A lot of the time people say they are bored, they're just tired! Having no energy to do anything fun doesn't mean that you're too bored to do it, you physically just can't do it. The crazy part is when people decide that instead of going to sleep and regaining their strength, they should rather fester in exhaustion, and better yet, complain to others about how little they have to do!

If you find it difficult to sleep at certain parts of the day (though you can train yourself out of this and sleep at any time of the day), then nap, or eat some protein (this wakes you up). If worst comes to worst, caffeine is always an option! A brisk walk or a bout of exercise will also help to shake some of that serotonin (sleep chemical) from your body!

4. You're Just In A Bad Mood!

Angry, disappointed, irritated, upset or depressed - NOT BORED. If you're fed up with life, of course you're not going to want to go and start a new hobby and meet new friends, but if your problem is seemingly unresolvable, the worst thing to do is to dwell on it.

Realising that nothing can be done at the moment and moving on to something else is a key part in getting over your problem. Doing something productive and proving to yourself that this problem didn't get the better of you, so that when you look back you'll think "Oh well at least I got that coursework done", or "at least I improved my X" rather than "wow, that really defeated me" will do wonders for your self esteem and maybe help you through the issue :)

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5. You Just Don't Know Enough!

A lot of the time, you may just end up realising that there was so much, or even now is too much to do, because you simply hadn't realise or heard of whatever it is before. That is part of the paradox of life, there will be times of being overwhelmed with activities, and times of not. The trick is to prepare for the times of having too much in your spare time.


  • If you're a student at school, prepare for university/employment.
  • If you're at university (do your work!) prepare for employment.
  • If you're in employment, prepare for promotion/a family
  • If you're in employment and have a family - how are you bored!? - then get another job!

Bottom line is DO SOMETHING

The point being that although it may seem that you don't have anything to do now, chances are, you will in the future, and you may not even know what it will be, but in any case, do things now so that you won't have to do it later. If you've always wanted to lose weight, do it now instead of when you're struggling to write your university paper, or smooth talk your boss. If you've always wanted to go to take a year around the world, do it before you have children!


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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      lol. I can't remember the last time I was bored !!!

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      infostreamnetwork 4 years ago

      Another great hub. I , like other commenters do not have a problem with boredom. For example following the stock market is a good way to keep you busy as it moves so fast and there is a constant stream of information for you to digest. Another thing I do to fill empty time is online surveys.

      I feel sorry for people who do not have any obsessions, any books they are reading or any long term projects to tend to. I can think of people who have not one lifelong interest which is very sad.

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      DK 5 years ago from London

      Ahh, for once your air of cynicism betrays you Borsia! That figure is $10 PPP!!

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      Borsia 5 years ago from Currently, Philippines

      Actually my point is that $10 a day could be considered a fair wage if the cost of living is also very low as is the case in many 3rd world countries.

      We can't look at it through our mindset that it is somehow equal to getting $10 in our own countries.

      As an example In Colombia, which I am familiar with, the minimum wage works out to around $220 per month.

      That doesn't mean that you are doing well at that but you can eat and have a roof. Usually families live in the same house for several generations, which is just their societal norm. If several people in the home are making minimum wage they are doing OK, not great but no worse than one getting minimum wage in our own country.

      These reports about the horrible wages and conditions are also almost always slanted to an extreme. They take the worst case and pretend it is the norm.

      Anytime you are seeing things in some media remember that it is biased one way or the other. Having lived in several countries from China to the US I can tell you that you virtually never see the truth. You see only the “truth” they want you to see.

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      DK 5 years ago from London

      Thanks everyone! I'm glad that you all don't suffer from the plague that is boredom! There is always so much to do :o

      And Borsia, I know what you mean and I anticipated that someone would say something about the futility of trying to change the wage gap! But the more awareness people have of this problem, the more likely something will be changed!

      I believe that humans have a natural understanding of fairness/unfairness (think children), if every developed country were to have huge problems with the wage gap, then political parties that promise to push equality will sprout up! It's worth a try, even for the biggest pessimists!

      I'm sure that there were many nay sayers before satisfactory minimum wage came into play in the developed countries! Why can we not replicate this in others!

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      Borsia 5 years ago from Currently, Philippines

      Boredom is seldom an issue with me.

      I just have too many interests and when you combine that with the fact that I am always traveling, or at least living in different countries, I have plenty to do.

      Being bored is immoral? It may be lazy, it may be a waste of time but I can't see any way to label it immoral.

      As for comparing the wages of foreign countries I can tell you it is pretty much meaningless.

      You mention people making $10 a day in many countries. Yes, that is true but you are seeing it in the light of US or other first world mind frame and values.

      Unless you factor in the cost of living and standards of living for the country in question it means nothing.

      As to trying to raise the standards of other countries by influencing their pay scales;it doesn't work that way. Their employers will just find a way around it. They may cut the hours so that the employee is only considered a part time worker and doesn't fall under the guidelines. They may fire all of their workers and bring them back through an outside contractor who can cheat the books. There are a million ways around such things.

      I believe doing volunteer work is a great way to fill idle time and, as mentioned, it can be as simple as picking up unsightly trash when you have a spare moment.

      Organized volunteer work has a great social connection aspect as well.

      As for the moment for me I am back to digitizing all of my old Vinyl (LPs) before I leave for China and the Philippines later this month.

      Cheers to all

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      I love this, awesome. I am quite the opposite, I am your typical 20 odd ended unfinished projects around the house I could/should finish. Then add a three year old and life is never boring! Even in the doctor's office I find a way to relieve my boredom, usually at the cost of the office...Hey if I have to wait 45 minutes everyone must join in my shenanigans.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I banished borecom from my house when my kids were small. There is always something interesting to do or at least to think about (which is what I do if I am compelled to sit through a boring meeting.)