Rage Spread Thin
- Boredom most likely manifests in two forms: apathetic boredom and agitated boredom.
- People who are afflicted with agitated boredom tend to rely heavily on external stimulation. They expect the world to deliver fulfilling experiences rather than attempting to amuse themselves.
- Those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries often report high levels of boredom. Recent research on brain trauma suggests that a particular brain region, the orbitofrontal cortex, may play a central role in the experience of boredom.
In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, a desultory robot named Marvin struggles to get through his days. Possessed of “a brain the size of a planet,” he is 50,000 times more intelligent than a human, yet he cannot solve his own biggest problem: an unshakable ennui.
“The first ten million years were the worst,” Marvin recounted at one point. “And the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million years I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline.”
This article was originally published with the title Descent of the Doldrums.