I really hate it when the title has almost nothing to do with what’s inside the article. I feel so cheated. And so I have to report that the link I was chasing down yesterday was a let-down. It wasn’t about boredom at all, it was about mind-wandering and if the teaser had just said “mind wandering is good for you” (rather than offering up that suggestive piece of poetry about boredom being a window worth throwing wide open), I wouldn’t have read it. Because I know mind-wandering is good for me. Because I have designed my life to allow for as much mind-wandering as possible. Turns out I needn’t have bothered because one of the more interesting points of the article is that most of us are mind-wandering 49% of the time. What stops us being “present” is the interestingness of our brains. Neat!
But still … I did appreciate that bit of poetry about boredom. It made me stop and think.
And then it led me to wonder how I stack up on the boredom front, so I tracked down a copy of the the Boredom Proneness Scale and found to my great relief that once again I am luckier than I seem to appreciate
According to the research, two-thirds of the population score between 81 and 117 in their propensity for boredom (the higher the number, the bigger the problem.)
A tiny percentage (2.3%) score above 135 or below 63.
I scored 62!
Then again I’m not sure I needed a test to confirm this. My problem with boredom isn’t the amount of it in my life, it’s the degree to which I suffer when despite everything I do to ward it off, it manages to sneak up on me anyway. Boredom is never a one-tentacled beast.
More on boredom and the merits of its much finer cousins in the next instalment as I report live from our writers retreat here at the lovely Lattern Cottage.
Follow this link to get your own BPS score.