Boredom is Distraction

There are many problems in the world we live in. There is poverty, war, pollution, debt, etc. But the biggest problem people seem to deal with, no matter where they are from, is BOREDOM. People care about what is happening right now, they care about the present. Even though there are bigger problems, many people only care about how to get rid of the boredom they have now.

Boredom effects everyone. Somebody could be the busiest person ever, but during some part of their day, they feel that certain emptiness. The emptiness that can only be formed by boredom. Boredom can happen at any time. It can happen while you are at work or in school, while you are doing work, or while you have nothing better to do.

Boredom has an impact on our everyday lives. It gives you an empty feeling, begging you to feed it. You can try to do things to satisfy it, but it is usually hard to get rid of. You will do everything that you can to deal with the boredom, but in the end, you will just waste so much time. Although it is hard to get rid of the empty feeling, there are many things that can fill it up.

The empty feeling it gives you is a distraction. It distract people from their everyday lives. It distracts people from their work and they end up procrastinating. For some odd reason, people get really bored when they have the most work. It is like they can’t help it but to be bored.  When you are bored, especially when you have work to do, focusing on other things is very easy.  People will spend their time on other things, besides their work. They go on different websites, or play video games until they realize that they have so many things to do.

What Boredom Does To Me:

I am one of those people who gets really bored easily and for some odd reason, whenever I have major things that are due, I get really bored. So bored to the point where I end up convincing myself that it is a good idea to do other things. I end up going on tumblr, youtube, or iwastesomuchtime to get rid of the boredom. Then I would end up spending hours on it, not realizing how much time has past, and freaking out when there is little time to finish all my things.

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When I go on tumblr or, I would just look at the homepage or my dashboard, and just scroll through looking at the different posts they have. I would like the post, reblog them, and sometimes send them to my friends because I think they will find it interesting, or they will find it funny. For iwastesomuchtime, I look through the posts until I reach to where I left off before. Last time, I went on the website everyday during a certain class, so I only looked at the stuff they posted that day. Tumblr is different. Since I follow so many different people, there are always new post within minutes. So, I can spend most of my time there. I would have to force myself to get off tumblr and stay away from it until my work it done.

I will be honest, for some of my classes, I go on tumblr to help keep me awake. I may like the class, but there are times when I cannot keep myself awake. A lot of the times, it is whenever the teacher is lecturing.  So whenever I start to get bored, I take out my phone and go on the tumblr app. Since I am in class, I won’t be able to see some of the posts, like the songs or the videos, so I would like them so I can watch them later. Most of the time, I am able to scroll through the posts while maintain my composure. But once I get to the posts I find really funny, I have a hard time trying to keep in my laughter. It can be the dumbest post and it will set me off. By going on tumblr, it helps me stay awake during class.

When I am trying to do work, the one thing that distracts me the most is going on youtube. I tell myself that I will only watch the new videos my subscriptions have posted. Some times, I can just watch the new videos, but if I feel really bored, I watch one of my favorite youtubers and watch his videos. I may have seen all his videos, but I find him so entertaining that I always end up laughing during his videos. The person I like to watch a lot is Davidsocomedy. Most of his videos are vlogs, but he has a couple of skits up. His vlogs are about different topics. He has made videos about drunk people, fighting, responses to other viral videos like Alexandra Wallace, and more. The way he talks, his facial expression, and his comments are what I find the most hilarious.

When I have a lot of work that has to be done, I manage to convince myself that naps will help. I thought that if I took a nap, my brain would be refreshed, and working would be a lot easier. Usually what ends up happening is that I don’t want to wake up. I would keep snoozing my alarm, cause I would rather sleep than do work. My dreams are more interesting then the work itself.

Basically, all this time I spent on tumblr, youtube, or taking naps could have been used to be productive. But, because I was bored while trying to do the work, I had to find other things to do just to get rid of the boredom. It does help, but I just end up spending most of time doing the other things instead of doing my work. 

The Nice Thing About Being Bored:

When there is nothing to do, people usually get bored. Many of them hate the feeling, but there are moments when I find it relaxing. Since I am so busy on a regular bases, having nothing to do it nice. So when I am bored, I would go outside, hangout with my friends, or just watch movies nonstop. Being able to do the things I need to do to get rid of my boredom feels fun and relaxing, especially when I know that I don’t have work to do. These are really rare moments, and I think people should appreciate it.

Trying to Get Things Done:

“Don’t forget, next week is when your major assignment is due,” the professor said while the students were packing up and leaving the class. Jane wrote herself a reminder about the assignment and left. She left the building, walked down the block, and crossed the street to get back to her dorm. She signed into the building and pressed the elevator button. One of the elevators was broken once again, so her and a few other people had to wait a while. Some people couldn’t stand the wait and just went to take the stairs.

“Pfft, I’m not taking the stair all the way up to the 10th floor,” Jane thought to herself. She took out her phone and changed the song that was playing. The elevator was finally here. The people in the elevator left, and the people who were waiting filed in, cramming together, trying to get as many people in. She looked at the screen. As the elevator went up, it got less cramped. It went from the 7th floor to the 15th floor.

“What the hell?” Jane thought. She rolled her eyes and smacked her forehead. She must have forgotten to press the button for her floor. She got off on the floor and took the stairs down to the 10th floor. When she got there, she walked to her dorm. Some people smiled at her and she smiled back. She saw a couple of her friends. She thought it wouldn’t hurt to socialize for a bit.

She took out her phone to check her texts. She looked at the time. She ended up hanging out with her friends for an hour. Jane got up and walked to her room. Once she was in the room, she saw that her roommate was gone. She took off her shoes, dropped her bag, and took off her jacket. She took out her books from her bag and placed them down on her desk.

“Ok, I’m gonna get this stuff done, so I won’t have to do anything this weekend,” Jane told herself. She turned her laptop on, and while she was waiting, she made a to do list. She wanted to make sure she got all the things done on the list cause she is going to a concert. She thought that if she did all the work now, she won’t have to worry about it later. She looked at the list. “It’s not that bad. There’s only a couple things to do.” Jane thought. She decided to start with the major assignment that’s due next week. She opened a new document and began typing. After a couple minutes, she couldn’t figure out what else to write. She only has 200 words of the 1500 she needed.

“Music! That will definitely help!” Jane opened Spotify and looked through her playlists. She didn’t know what to listen to. After some minutes, she decided to make a new playlist for the band she is going to see that weekend. She put every album they had onto the playlist and began listening to it. She sang along with the songs

She still didn’t know what to write, so she looked at the prompt again and started outlining her thoughts. Halfway through, she started to zone out. “I should take a power nap. I’ll feel better after it,” Jane said. She climbed into her bed and set an alarm for an hour later. She shut her eyes and drifted off to sleep.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Jane was at the concert. She was so close to the band. She was jumping and singing along, having the time of her life. They began throwing thing from the stage. She turned and caught it. When she turned back to the stage, everything was empty. It was dark and silent. Out of nowhere, she heard a whispering voice. As it got closer, it got louder. Suddenly it was right behind her. Jane quickly turned, but she saw nothing. She could still hear the voice clearly. She looked around, but still saw nothing. She turned back to the stage and a bloody creature launched at her.

* * * * * * * * * * *

“Wake up!” her roommate shouted, “You left your music on again.”

Jane turned over and faced her. She rubbed her eyes and check her phone for the time. “Shit, I slept longer than I wanted to.” Jane got up, stretched, and went to her desk to do her work.

How The Confined Youth Deals With Boredom: 

In Denmark, Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson went to a youth confinement facility to research how the confined youth deals with boredom. She finds out that they will do anything from disobeying the guards, to telling stories about their crimes. They are willing the disobey the guard just to watch tv and not have to work. When the prisoners tell each other stories about their outside lives, everyone is excited. Watching tv and even telling stories is the best way they can deal with their boredom. They rather not think about their time inside.

I found it really interesting that they tell each other their personal stories as a form out relieving boredom. Sometimes when people tell stories, people get bored and stop listening. But with these prisoners, they were happy to tell them. I guess it is better than doing the same routine everyday, for the rest of their time there. I also found it funny that the guard would just yell at them and leave when they disobey them. Like when they wanted to watch tv instead or doing their jobs, so they just didn’t listen to what the guards were telling them.


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