Why do we get bored? What bores us? Are people bored by the same things? What is boredom exactly? Well, a new Canadian documentary takes a serious look at the subject of boredom, but with many humourous twists.
In spite of what most people think, being bored actually raises our stress level. That’s just one of many things to discover in the new film by journalist, laughologist, and film director Albert Nerenberg.Listen
The new film is called “Boredom, the movie” and it’s anything but boring. In a study in England, it was found that people who described their jobs and lives as boring, had a markedly higher mortality rate.
Other studies have found that in many cases, adults who engage in high risk activities were compensating for boredom experienced in their youth.
More and more we are sitting in front of screens, computer, TV and so on, and we’re fooled into thinking something interesting is going on without realizing that sitting in front of a screen is inherently boring, and really not good for our health at all.
In the film Albert Nerenberg even subjects himself to a boring experiment at a university…not that the experiment was boring, but rather to measure the “boring” experience. He found himself within an extremely short time being bored, and then anxious, nervous and uncomfortable. That’s because researchers found that during boredom, cortisol hormone is released, an activity drug which creates stress.
Although a serious documentary on a previously unexplored subject, its delivered in a most entertaining and often humourous manner. The documentary will air in Canada on the Documentary Channel on CBC on June 8th. and in French on Canal D later this summer. It will also be broadcast internationally on future dates on Swiss and German TV, Channel 8 Israel, Finland TV1, Sweden Educational TV, and possibly also on NRK Norway, VRT Belgium, ORF Austria.