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Mindful : October 2016
0 5 10 Got the Blahs? Highlights from our reader survey on boredom Is boredom a good thing or a bad thing? 42% SAY IT’S NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD, and 24% say it’s both good and bad. 15% consider boredom entirely a bad thing, and 12% are ambivalent. Only 9% think boredom is good. Read our feature (on page 52) for a deeper look at boredom. What form of entertainment do you find most boring? WELL, THERE AREN’T MANY GAMERS AROUND HERE! At 46%, video games are considered by far the most boring form of enter tain- ment among Mindful readers. That’s significantly more than the next most boring form of enter tainment, TV (26%), followed by board games (12%), movies (3%), magazines (2%), and books (2%). Another 12% had their own answers to the question. Here are a few of our favorites: • NASCAR • Opera • Politics • GolfonTV • Watching grass grow (Note: Is this really a “form of enter tainment”?) • Neurophysics lectures How long does it take you to nod off if you’re bored? 49% NEVER NOD OFF FROM BOREDOM, while it takes 25% just a few minutes to conk out. 22% can hold off for an hour or two before succumbing to bored sleep, and 4% fall asleep right away. What’s your go-to fidgeting method when you’re bored: 38% say they don’t fidget, as they’re per- fectly comfor table to just sit and stare. Another 27% rearrange things arbi- trarily, and 27% doodle. 8% bite their fingernails. What do you think of doodling? 65% SAY IT’S A CREATIVE RELEASE, while 21% consider doodling a way to relieve tension, and 14% believe it’s something people do for no reason. → Was Harvey Danger right when the band sang “If you’re bored, then you’re boring”? On a scale from 1 to 10, how easily do you get bored? 4.2 32%s ay yes 68% say no ILLUSTRATIONBYFREEPIK the mindful survey