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Wed May 16, 2018, 09:30 AM

Religious people are less likely to get bored, which makes them less inclined to search for meaning

http://www.psypost.org/2018/05/study-religious-people-less-likely-get-bored-makes-less-inclined-search-meaning-51250

...“We looked at religiosity because religious people tend to describe their beliefs as offering them a sense of meaning in life. Besides that, religion is of course an incredibly widespread phenomenon worldwide and affects many people. So, we were interested if religiosity, a source of meaning in life for many, might prevent boredom.”

“The research had a secondary, more subtle, but nonetheless interesting purpose: If boredom normally makes people search for new purpose or meaning, then could it be that religiosity, through reducing boredom, indirectly prevents people from doing so?”

...Non-religious people who were subjected to a mundane task — transcribing an excerpt about lawn mowing — tended to report higher levels of boredom. They were also more likely than religious people to say they wanted to do something of greater significance.

“By reducing boredom, religiosity indirectly tempered the ‘quest’ for meaning,” van Tilburg told PsyPost. “To be clear: this does not mean that religious people do not search for meaning in their lives. Rather, the findings suggests that, counter-intuitively, religious people are less inclined to search for meaningful alternatives in situations where others would feel bored.”


I guess this might help explain how some people are willing to go back and read through 6 years of old DU posts looking for reasons to hate others.

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Reply Religious people are less likely to get bored, which makes them less inclined to search for meaning (Original post)
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Response to trotsky (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 10:00 AM

1. Then you start to wonder which is the cause and which is the effect

Does religion encourage intellectual laziness or are those who are naturally intellectually lazy also naturally drawn to religion?

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Response to trotsky (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 01:19 PM

2. Boredom as the crisis of desire

Shahram Heshmat Ph.D.
Posted Jun 16, 2017

... Boredom is predictive of loneliness, anger ("cabin fever", sadness, and worry ... The chronically bored are at higher risk for drug addiction, alcoholism, and compulsive gambling ...

... People with chronic attention problems, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, have a high tendency for boredom.

People who lack self-awareness are more prone to boredom ...

... Boredom was literally nonexistent until the late 18th century. It came into being as the Enlightenment was giving way to Industrial Revolution. Early in human history, when our ancestors had to spend most of their days securing food and shelter, boredom wasn't an option ...

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/201706/eight-reasons-why-we-get-bored

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Response to trotsky (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 01:22 PM

3. The key factors underlying boredom

Art Markman Ph.D.
Posted Sep 25, 2012

... bored people often try to amuse themselves by daydreaming and letting their mind wander. Interestingly, while mind wandering helps people to keep their minds occupied, studies suggest that the more your mind wanders, the more bored you feel ...

... Boredom often occurs when you have little control over your situation ...

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/ulterior-motives/201209/what-is-boredom

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Response to trotsky (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 01:26 PM

4. Boredom

... People identify and experience boredom differently. In some cases, boredom may occur due to:

* inadequate rest or nutrition

* low levels of mental stimulation

* lack of choice or control over your daily activities

* lack of diversified recreational interests

* poor perception of time ...

https://www.healthline.com/health/boredom#prevention

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Response to trotsky (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 01:30 PM

5. Apparently they listened to too many boring sermons.

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Response to trotsky (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 01:56 PM

6. Omfg this appears to have triggered a reaction.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #6)

Wed May 16, 2018, 02:21 PM

7. The punishments for violating the super sacred 11th commandment can be quite severe

Including stalking and implied threats of violence.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #7)

Wed May 16, 2018, 08:19 PM

10. Stalking?

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #6)

Wed May 16, 2018, 03:30 PM

8. Huh, there are some missing posts for me.

I guess Ignore is still working. Yay!

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Response to trotsky (Reply #8)

Wed May 16, 2018, 03:46 PM

9. You didn't miss much. Just some irrelevant replies.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #9)

Wed May 16, 2018, 08:19 PM

11. And you demonstrated what I wrote about.

You dismissed the replies as irrelevant. Why?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #11)

Thu May 17, 2018, 12:28 AM

15. Go reread the posts

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #11)

Thu May 17, 2018, 07:56 PM

22. They had little to do with the topic.

The topic had to do with religious people and boredom, and the relationship of those. The relies were simply generic ramblings about boredom alone.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #22)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:46 PM

25. More insult and dismissal.

My guess is that because the replies did not confirm the poster's point, you decided that they were rambling.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #25)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:49 PM

26. Nope. Just explanation.

Since you said the OP Was boring and you didn't read it, perhaps you did not know it's topic.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #6)

Wed May 16, 2018, 09:34 PM

14. What you meant was some of the replies do not follow the 11th Commandment.

So sad when that happens, is it not?

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Response to trotsky (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 09:33 PM

13. I tried to read this, but I was bored.

This explains why some people are willing or compelled to respond negatively to any positive posts about religion.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #13)

Thu May 17, 2018, 09:54 AM

16. That's a bullshit claim, totally false.

And even if it WERE true, what does it matter?

Why does it bother you SOOOOO much that some people don't share your adoration of all things religious?

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Response to trotsky (Reply #16)

Thu May 17, 2018, 01:30 PM

17. First, you claim it is totally false.

In the body of your own reply, you open the possibility that it might be correct.


The post contains internal dissonance. (And yes, you can read an indirect reference to the choir if you wish.)

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #17)

Thu May 17, 2018, 01:43 PM

18. No, gil, your claim is DEMONSTRABLY false.

All I have to do is find *one* positive thread about religion that some meanie atheist didn't post on.

Here's one:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1218283294

Done. Atheists DON'T dump on "any" thread. YOU ARE FACTUALLY WRONG. Your claim is disproven, and it was laughably easy to do so.

But for the sake of argument, I asked if you had been right, and an atheist dumped on religion in EVERY thread, so what? Why does that bother you? Why don't you want atheists to speak their opinions?

No dissonance here gil, just an acknowledgment of reality followed by some indulging in your fantasy.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #18)

Thu May 17, 2018, 01:47 PM

19. You are incorrect again.

You insist on your own definition of what a victory for you would be.

So, your statement seems to be an admission of the existence of the 11th Commandment. Thank you for confirming what is obvious.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #19)

Thu May 17, 2018, 01:54 PM

20. You have convinced yourself. n/t

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Response to trotsky (Reply #18)

Thu May 17, 2018, 06:35 PM

21. That op.

That was the one where g, upset that nobody showed up to validate his precious 11th, posted his own strawman atheist post.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #18)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:14 PM

23. Oopsie. nt.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #16)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:22 PM

24. When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. nt.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #24)

Fri May 18, 2018, 08:13 AM

28. Nailed it.

There's no other possible reason that I can see, and gil refuses to actually communicate what his problem is, so there we are.

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Response to trotsky (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 09:26 PM

27. Makes sense.

If you already think you have all the answers you wont look for any more.

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Response to Eko (Reply #27)

Fri May 18, 2018, 08:20 AM

29. Relevant quote:

"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world." -- Richard Dawkins (yes, the high pope of atheism!!!)

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