The Boredom Proneness Scale
† is the best-known of the various metrics
for quantifying one’s propensity to ennui
. High-scorers who are ‘understretched, unmotivated and bored
in the world of work in the 21st
century’ may in danger of ‘boreout
. While boredom
needn’t be perceived in an exclusively negative light (one might imagine a perfect boredom
akin to the notion of dolce far niente
), ‘boredom [PDF]
and boredom proneness
[…] have been linked to a long list of negative outcomes in adults, including, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and loneliness […], impulsiveness […], elevated rates of alcohol dependence […], negative affect […], pathological gambling […] and higher rates of psychopathology in general.’ Historians of boredom
have noted the relatively recent advent [NY TIMES]
of the term, coinciding with the onset of the Industrial Revolution, but our more distant ancestors were not free of the related afflictions [PDF]
of horror loci, tædium vitæ, acedia
, mal du siècle,
etc. [more inside]
Is South Park done? "Trey Parker and Matt Stone are still under contract through 2013—so no, probably not."
but the last episode of the first half of the current season, "You're Getting Old" which is available for streaming tomorrow
had "a definite note of weariness and finality" [more inside]
is the place to be if you like your cake porn with a beautiful twist of bruised melancholy.
Garfield minus Garfield
: "Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life?"