The peer-reviewed study of boredom has found jobs, traits, and hobbies that are considered stereotypical habits.
After testing more than 500 people in five experiments, the researchers found that the most boring jobs were considered data analysis, accounting, cleaning, and banking.
The article – published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin – also found that religion, TV watching, bird watching and smoking were among the most humdrum hobbies.
Boring people are also said to have shunned large settlements to live in cities and small towns.
Led by Dr Wijnand Van Tilburg of the Department of Psychology, research reveals that stereotypically boring people are often disliked and avoided due to prejudice. And people can expect to be paid a minimum of £35 a day to spend time with them as a return.
He has launched research to explore the stigma of boredom and how it can impact cognition.
“The irony is that research on boredom is really interesting and has a lot of impact in real life. This paper shows how persuasive the perception of boredom is and how it can be,” he said. how it can affect people.”
“Perceptions may change but people may not take the time to talk to people with ‘boring’ jobs and hobbies, choosing instead to avoid them.”
“They don’t get the chance to prove people wrong and break these negative stereotypes. The fact that people choose to avoid them can lead to social exclusion and increased loneliness, leading to loneliness. to have a really negative impact on their lives.”
Research has also shown that being perceived as boring is likely to show poor performance and low interpersonal warmth.
As a result, people who are perceived as boring may be at higher risk of harm, addiction, and mental health problems. And despite the negative perception, society needs people in roles like accountants and banks.
“It’s interesting to me to see research showing that boring people are not seen as competent” Dr. Van Tilburg said.
“I would have thought that an accountant would be seen as boring, but effective, and the perfect person to get your tax return done well. The truth of the matter is that people like bankers and accountants both have it. highly competent and powerful in society – maybe we should try not to upset them and stereotype them as boring!”
The top five boring jobs:
1. Data analysis
The five most exciting jobs
1. Performing Arts
4. Medical professionals
5 most boring hobbies
3. Watch TV
4. Animal Observation