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Human
01-06-2006, 09:52 PM
Children commonly exhibit the emotion of boredom.Boredom, also called ennui (pronounced /ɑ̃nɥi/; a French word from the Old French enui, root of the English word 'annoy') is a reactive state to wearingly dull, repetitive, or tedious stimuli: suffering from a lack of interesting things to see, hear, etc., or do (physically or intellectually), while not in the mood of "doing nothing". Those afflicted by temporary boredom may regard the affliction as a waste of time, but usually characterise boredom worse than just that. Alternatively one may have the feeling that having too much spare time causes boredom. Indeed, time often appears to move more slowly to someone suffering from boredom. This results from the way in which the human mind measures the passage of time, by the frequency of notable events, the absence of which may cause the feeling of boredom. Boredom can also occur as a symptom of clinical depression and may also lead to impulsive (and sometimes excessive) actions, that serve no purpose and may damage one's self-interest. For example, studies in behavioral finance have shown that stock traders can enter into "overtrading" (buying or selling even without any objective reason to do so) simply because they feel bored when they have nothing worth doing.

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1 Literature
2 The arts
3 See also
4 External links



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Literature
The word boredom first appeared in the English language in the Charles Dickens novel Bleak House, published in 1852, where Dickens wrote of Lady Dedlock's "chronic malady of boredom". Bore, bored, and boring, in the sense used here, all appear somewhat earlier:

bore first appears as a generic noun, meaning the malady or experience of boredom, in a letter of the Earl of March in 1766 (the same year also in a letter of G.J. Williams meaning one who suffers from boredom, specifically referring to the individual as "a French bore", indicating the derivation from ennui; the modern sense of a thing which bores appears twelve years later)
bored as a verb-derived adjective appears in a letter of the Earl of Carlisle in 1768 — again in reference to the French: the Earl speaks of his English friends "who are to be bored by these Frenchmen"
"boring" dates to at least Theodore Hook's Fitzherbert of 1840, where Hook writes of Emily's endurance of "Miss Mathews's boring vanities".
Lars Fredrik Svendsen in his book A Philosophy of Boredom (ISBN 1861892179) suggests that boredom as a concept emerged (along with the concept "interesting") in the 1760s. Note too that the earliest noted use of the word ennui in the English language (in 1667) occurs in John Evelyn's Memoirs in the phrase: "We have hardly any words that do ... fully express the French ... ennui ...".

Philosophers find boredom a perennially amusing topic. Those who have written about it include Søren Kierkegaard in The Sickness Unto Death, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death.

"Against boredom, the gods themselves struggle in vain." — Nietzsche in a parody of a quotation from Schiller.
"One receives as reward for much ennui, despondency, boredom --such as a solitude without friends, books, duties, passions must bring with it --those quarter-hours of profoundest contemplation within oneself and nature. He who completely entrenches himself against boredom also entrenches himself against himself: he will never get to drink the strongest refreshing draught from his own innermost fountain." — -- again, Nietzsche.
"Boredom is the root of all evil — the despairing refusal to be one's self." — Kierkegaard
(Note: Kierkegaard, under one of his many pseudonymns, theorised that boredom also populated the earth... God was bored and created Adam, God and Adam were bored and along came Eve, etc.)

"[Time] ceases to persecute only he who he transferred over to boredom." — Schopenhauer
Boredom -- specifically ennui -- was especially important to the 19th century Decadent literary movement. Joris-Karl Huysmans' novel Against Nature is a narrative by an anemic French nobleman afflicted by terminal ennui, and describes his bizarre experiences as he attempts to escape its grasp. It is considered a fundamental work of the fin de siècle Decadent movement.

Ennui also figures highly in the works of many poets of the movement, such as Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Symons.

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The arts
The punk singer Iggy Pop had a minor hit with his song "I'm Bored" during which he would strip his clothes off while delivering a monotonous rendition of the lyric: "I'm bored, I'm the chairman of the bored".

Douglas Adams depicted a robot named Marvin whose boredom led to a deep comical depression which appeared to be the defining trait of his personality, and indeed, existence, in his series of novels that began with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

One of the first recorded songs of punk band Buzzcocks was entitled "Boredom", and was released on the Spiral Scratch EP. It features a minimalist guitar solo of two repeated notes.

Boredom has been a subject of many classical pieces of Russian literature. For example, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin suffered from boredom.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:07 PM
I am waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too lazy to read that.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:10 PM
You'll love it. It's pretty damn good. Did you know that boredome, if experienced enough can cause a severe depression?

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:12 PM
No, and quite frankly, I don't care. I'm not depressed.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:15 PM
Thaty's cool. Wikipedia lied.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:16 PM
And I'm not incredibly bored either.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:18 PM
Oh, okay. You know what I just realized? Maybe my depression was caused by boredome...nah

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:20 PM
I doubt it. It is probably your complete lack of a social life.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:25 PM
No, it started before then. I'm more likely to get a depression becuase it uns ion both sides of the family, so yeah, I have gotten it. Damn depression. maybe I'll post the definition to that later on.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:27 PM
Yep. You are the product of poor parenting and a bad gene pool.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:30 PM
just like you

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:30 PM
I did not read that. but... im bored. am i really going to become severly depressed?

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:31 PM
drummerguy sucks. im gonna beat him up. *swings at drummerboy*

Human
01-06-2006, 10:31 PM
No, you won't, it says after a large amount of boredome. I'm assummiong it meant bored for everyday for a year.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:32 PM
drummerguy sucks. im gonna beat him up. *swings at drummerboy*

o_O


wtf?

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:33 PM
just like you

Nah, just part of my gene pool is bad.

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:34 PM
huhuhu you suck.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:35 PM
huhuhu you suck.

............

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:36 PM
quite quoting me cock bag!

SkunkIt
01-06-2006, 10:36 PM
drummerguy sucks. im gonna beat him up. *swings at drummerboy*
Your username is awesome.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:37 PM
huhuhu you suck.
You're an asshole. He's better, smarter, kinder, more talented, handsome than you could ever dream to be. Now shut up and continue doing your idiot routine, whatever it is that you idiots do.

Endymion
01-06-2006, 10:37 PM
quite quoting
good move.

i typically read the scientific articles on wikipedia myself.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:37 PM
I'm confused. :confused:

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:37 PM
hell yeah it does.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:38 PM
Nah, just part of my gene pool is bad.
Only part of mine is bad.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:38 PM
Only part of mine is bad.

I'm assuming the deep end of the pool?

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:38 PM
You're an asshole. He's better, smarter, kinder, more talented, handsome than you could ever dream to be. Now shut up and continue doing your idiot routine, whatever it is that you idiots do.

i agree. huhu i suck.

SkunkIt
01-06-2006, 10:39 PM
hell yeah it does.

Yet, I think you're a troll.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:40 PM
I'm assuming the deep end of the pool?
Ugh, I hate pools. Back on topic everybody!

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:40 PM
ruroken sucks. he called my house once.

Human
01-06-2006, 10:41 PM
Yet, I have a strage feeling you're either going to start talking about how much you masturbate and get banned (again) or you're a troll.Are you going to post something on the topic or continue trying to communicate ith this troll?

SkunkIt
01-06-2006, 10:41 PM
^Yes, It's strage how a topic on boredom can make you more bored.

Internet Pirate, either you're him, you read my signarture or you're wishomie on drugs.

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:42 PM
he called my house. he sucks. he is in love with me. i met him through someone else a long time ago.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:44 PM
Wait wait wait.........lemme guess............ A TROLL!!!!!!

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:45 PM
uh uh... please define trol for me.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:46 PM
Troll, n, Internet Pirate.

SkunkIt
01-06-2006, 10:48 PM
Wait wait wait.........lemme guess............ A TROLL!!!!!!
trolls.
http://i13.ebayimg.com/03/i/04/ee/8b/98_2.JPG

Internet Pirate
01-06-2006, 10:48 PM
okay. who wants to make fun of me??

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 10:49 PM
trolls.
http://i13.ebayimg.com/03/i/04/ee/8b/98_2.JPG

Nice............

Human
01-06-2006, 10:51 PM
I couldn't see the image that sonia posted. This thread certainly went down the shithole within seconds.

SkunkIt
01-06-2006, 10:52 PM
okay. who wants to make fun of me??

........
http://i22.ebayimg.com/02/i/04/f4/8f/4b_2.JPG

Human
01-06-2006, 10:53 PM
You guys, just ignore him and he'll get bored of it.

SkunkIt
01-06-2006, 10:54 PM
Leah, drummerguy and everyone else reading this thread, report his, "I Am A Shithole!!!" post, if we report him enough, he might get banned.

Drummerguy123
01-06-2006, 11:01 PM
Leah, drummerguy and everyone else reading this thread, report his, "I Am A Shithole!!!" post, if we report him enough, he might get banned.

done.........

HornyPope
01-07-2006, 01:34 AM
Don't give him, or any troll or idiot for that matter, the attention.

edit: you guys handled it rather well actually. good call to spot a troll.

Yatesy
01-07-2006, 02:48 AM
If it's interesting, give it to bored people. xD

Paint_It_Black
01-07-2006, 03:01 AM
Human, well done for trying to make interesting topics. You need to give personal opnions though, and try to start an actual discussion about the subject or nothing much will happen. Good try though, seriously.

the_GoDdEsS
01-07-2006, 03:37 AM
You need to give personal opnions though, and try to start an actual discussion about the subject or nothing much will happen.

Yeah, I was kind of waiting for that or expecting it as a reader.

BATWT
01-07-2006, 09:09 AM
"pronounced /ɑ̃nɥi/"

ironic?

Original prankstA
01-07-2006, 03:05 PM
You'll love it. It's pretty damn good. Did you know that boredome, if experienced enough can cause a severe depression?
wow, are you literally that dumb?

Original prankstA
01-07-2006, 03:16 PM
Très cher Original Pranksta,

You're not funny. You're unfunny. You're counterproductive. You're inane. You're boring. You're ennuyeux.

And finally, you're functionally illiterate. Do me a favour & go pick daisies someplace else.
i was being surious, being bored makes me depressed every day of my life

wheelchairman
01-07-2006, 03:34 PM
I was most interested in the term bored as a concept that was waiting to be discovered. A world without boredom, so interesting. I remember reading an extremely interesting article on the origins of lying. Turns out that wasn't something that was always done. That people would just speak what they were thinking. Fascinating.

I can't remember what reason they gave for why it came about though. I'll need to research that.