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July 27th, 2003
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Boredom
Out of curiosity:
Poll #161367 Boredom and Time Management

How often do you get bored (at home, not at work etc.)

Practically every day
3(12.0%)
Often, at least a couple of times a week
5(20.0%)
Sometimes, at least a couple of times a month
5(20.0%)
Rarely, once a month or less
4(16.0%)
Practically never
8(32.0%)

What's your strategy to handle boredom?

When you have several choices of activity, on your own, how do you choose?



bonus question1: Which aspect is more important to you, in a potential activity: the social aspect or the cultural aspect? The social aspect would be the number of people involved, the amount of conversation or other social interaction involved in the activity, etc. A board-game, or a drinking game, both have significant social content. The cultural aspect would be the cultural content, or intake, offered by the activity. Movies, poetry evenings, etc., have cultural content.

1 Polls can't be edited in LJ. Leave a comment with your reply to the bonus question. Detailed answers welcome.

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From:antinous
Date:July 27th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC)
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I tend to mix the two whenever I can.
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From:wildernesscat
Date:July 27th, 2003 05:44 am (UTC)

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I don't get it - do you mean "bored" like in "bored of what I have to do", or "bored" like in "bored because I don't have anything to do at all"?
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From:ijon
Date:July 27th, 2003 05:54 am (UTC)
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Absolutely the latter. I don't mean boredom with assigned tasks, chores, etc. I mean having time on your hands, and feeling bored.
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From:wildernesscat
Date:July 27th, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)
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No way this is gonna happen, man! I have so many fun tasks stashed away, just waiting for my spare time ;-)
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From:shunra
Date:July 27th, 2003 06:14 am (UTC)

I'm far more inclined to be a taker-in than a socializer-out

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I guess I'd have to say that my preference is for solitary pursuits of a vaguely cultural or straight-creative nature. (I made a crochet version of Tux for my daughter, who observed him on my son's computer screen and took a fancy to him. Cultural, creative, output variety.)

This April I had a whole month to myself, for the first time in my life (I'd always been living with a partner or my son and one of my brothers, before. For this month, my family went traveling and I had a glorious 30 days to myself.) I did not get bored for an instant. I was not attracted to any kind of game. I did have a number of walks-with-people, as well as meals with people. I found myself succumbing to social pressure and seeing some movies with people (church ladies who were afraid I'd be lonely...) and while those were fun, I viewed the occasions mainly as a distraction from my main entertainment (I was spring cleaning, working, and painting the kitchen). I had a couple of social evenings, but in general, just being on my own and reading and doing the business of life was the happiest time in my entire life, barring none.

Perhaps I should become a hermit. :-/

When my family returned (and I missed them very much!) I went back into regular "all my time is spoken for" mode and became VERY depressed. I began to realize that I do far more than I want to and have far too little time with myself, time where I could, in theory, become bored... ...not that I recall being bored in the past decade or two.
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From:wildernesscat
Date:July 27th, 2003 06:23 am (UTC)
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As for the bonus question - I think you should have a nice healthy mix of both. It's like asking a small kid "who do you love more - your mom or your dad"? ;-)
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From:ijon
Date:July 27th, 2003 07:46 am (UTC)
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No it isn't: I, for one, lean strongly toward the cultural, whereas my interlocutor of the conversation that sparked this poll leans toward the social.
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From:way2tired
Date:July 27th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)
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I would always pick social activity over cultural, but I think it comes from my job. I'm a programmer/dba, there's not a lot of social contact in my job, so I try to make up for it on the other side. (I think, I'm no psychologist)
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From:mummimamma
Date:July 27th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
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I like both social and cultural events, preferably mixed. A concert/film/debate followed with a discussion with my friends and maybe a drink is perfect.

And I can't really choose between them, I need both, but the ratio is perhaps 60 on social and 40 on cultural (depending on money). Like now I'm broke, and my cultural life suffers, when money comes I will be tanking up on concerts and debates and culture again.
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From:mummimamma
Date:July 27th, 2003 10:59 am (UTC)
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And to be frank I'm not sure I've ever been really bored, whatever I may say when I complain. If I am, it's over with the blink of an eye (oh, book!).
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From:nanosecond
Date:July 27th, 2003 11:00 am (UTC)
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My favourite thing to do has to be having a meal with varying amounts of guests. Ideally, not many of them know each other well (a common occurence with my friends), but are all willing to chat and talk about anything other than work.

Having said that, I am a film junkie and I love to go to the cinema. I like not having to talk to anybody and just immerse myself in the film.

As ever, it depends whether I'm in a sociable mood so no one thing would win every time.

Excellent poll subject btw.
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From:ling_tso
Date:July 28th, 2003 01:33 am (UTC)

bonus answer

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My higher aspect pursues the cultural; my appetitive and spirited parts tend to chase the social. External circumstances often determine the victor. At my best, I merge the two.
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From:ling_tso
Date:July 28th, 2003 01:36 am (UTC)

Bah.

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That was too vague. "External circumstances" comprise number of people in the immediate vicinity, number of books within reach, and number of cheap plays or concerts going on around me. "Merging the two" usually consists in taking friends to cultural events, improv, or (my favorite) reading aloud. Partners for the latter two activities are unfortunately far too rare.
From:raisinlike
Date:July 29th, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)
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Mostly cultural, though the cast of participantshas a strong influance (for example, I will skip a movie I have long waited to see if the group going includes someone I don't like).
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