It happens to everyone, that feeling of wanting to do something but not knowing what to do. Boredom. People describe boredom as “the desire for desires”.
Sometimes you hit that point during your dull time where you think you’re going to “die” from boredom. Is it true? Well, you cannot actually die from boredom but it can most definitely cause problems in adolescence.
In today’s society, everyone is so used to the hustle and bustle and always having something to do, so when a situation does arise when there is nothing to do, children and teens become bored much faster than they used to. People who lean toward more high-risk life styles are more prone to getting bored. This can spiral into a dangerous situation because those who experience chronic boredom gravitate towards alcohol and drug abuse, gambling, and eating disorders.
Scientists also know that high-risk, boredom prone people have naturally lower levels of dopamine, which means they require a higher sense of novelty to stimulate the brain. When non high-risk people experience a new situation, dopamine comes in to play and gives people a “non-bored” feeling.
No, one cannot die from boredom; it just isn’t an exciting time to experience, as I’m sure we all know. To reduce boredom, physical exercise and finding new hobbies is always a great idea. A study with teenagers proved that teens with strong interest have higher self-esteem than teens that are bored.