Boredom

Why would an ability to get bored have evolved?  What reproductive advantage might it have?

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6 thoughts on “Boredom

  1. Because one becomes bored by a lover?

    Not everyone does so.

    I’d think stability to be more of a reproductive advantage than the alternative.

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  2. I think there’s some [reproductive] advantage to not always being content to sit around and do nothing. If you’re healthy and have time to go out and try/learn something new, then there’s some advantage in doing so.

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  3. Strange!

    I grew up in a relatively stable society right out of the 19th century — and no one had time to sit around and do nothing.

    Only the privileged had the time and the leisure to be bored.

    I confess to being a Luddite. It seems more and more to me that so-called “labor-saving” devices create boredom if one lacks a creative mind.

    Oh dear, I have been engaging in a great deal of class warfare lately.

    Should I withdraw from this realm?

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  4. Not an advantage but a side-effect of industrialization and before that the development of agriculture I think. Hunter gatherers rarely had the time or the opportunity to while away the hours at something that didn’t have some type of intrinsic value.

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  5. Well, for our species to thrive, we need plenty of information on our environment so as to best adapt to it. Boredom makes evolutionary sense because it causes us displeasure when we are not receiving enough input from our surroundings, which drives us to seek input.

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