Who is the most boring person in the world?
Researchers from the University of Essex claim to have found out which type of people cause doldrums the most.
Are you a data entry worker who happens to be religious, likes to watch TV and lives in a city?
Then you might be the most boring type of person in the world – at least, that’s according to researchers from the University of Essex in a peer-reviewed study published in the magazine’s March issue. Bulletin of Personality and Social Psychology.
To infer what type of people cause boredom, researchers asked nearly 500 volunteers to rate the most boring traits, jobs, and hobbies for the study titled “Boring People: Stereotypical Characteristics, Interpersonal Attributes and social reactions”.
Professionally, respondents ranked data analysis, accounting, tax/insurance, cleaning and banking among the most boring jobs. Meanwhile, jobs in the performing arts, science, health care, teaching and journalism were considered the most exciting fields of work.
Respondents listed the most boring hobbies as sleeping, religion, watching TV, watching animals, and math.
Boring people were also seen as avoiding large settlements to live in small towns and villages.
Led by Dr. Wijnand Van Tilburg from the Department of Psychology, the research found that stereotypically boring people are generally hated and shunned due to preconceptions.
Launching the study to explore the stigma of perceived boredom, Van Tilburg said “the irony is studying boredom is actually very interesting and has many real-life impacts.”
“Perceptions may change, but people may not take the time to talk to those who have ‘boring’ jobs and hobbies, preferring instead to avoid them. They have no chance of proving people wrong and breaking those negative stereotypes.
Asked what makes a person monotonous, the volunteers listed characteristics such as a lack of interest, a non-existent sense of humor, not having an opinion and a tendency to complain.
“The more characteristics of stereotypical boredom described a person, the more the person was perceived as boring,” the research team said. reported.
The study also showed that being perceived as boring likely reflects low competence and low interpersonal warmth. They are also believed to be at greater risk of harm, addiction and mental health issues.
Nevertheless, despite their negative perception, society needs accountants and bankers to fulfill their role.
“It was interesting to me to see that the study showed that boring people weren’t considered competent,” Van Tilburg said.
“The truth is that people like bankers and accountants are very capable and powerful in society – maybe we should try not to upset them and stereotype them as boring!”
Source: World TRT