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Scientists from universities in the UK and Ireland decided to find out on what grounds people tend to consider others boring. To do this, they conducted five studies, interviewing more than 500 people.
The first two surveys focused on identifying and ranking professions, hobbies, and character traits that participants considered boring. In the third, attention was paid to the perception of cordiality and competence of people with “boring” characteristics. The remaining two were devoted to studying the response of the respondents: the desire to avoid boring people and the willingness to pay so that they do not have to communicate anymore.
As a result, the authors ranked the characteristics that survey participants most often associated with boring people.
- Professions: data analyst, accountant, tax or insurance specialist, cleaning, bank employees, clerks, office workers, salespeople and cashiers.
- Hobbies: Sleeping, religious activities, watching TV, watching animals, mathematics, drinking alcohol and cigarettes, studying, collecting.
- Character traits: dryness, lack of interests, sense of humor and own opinion, pessimism, poor communication skills (talking endlessly and / or not listening to the interlocutor), narrow-mindedness and narrow-mindedness.
The article notes that although the perception of a person may change during communication with him, not everyone will spend time talking with those who obviously have “boring” hobbies or work. Most would rather just avoid such a person.
It is worth noting that the surveys were conducted on a fairly small number of people, and most of them were from one country – the United States. It is likely that in different regions the understanding of boring professions, hobbies and character traits is different.
What signs do you consider to be an indicator of boring people?