A lifestyle study into the science of boredom also revealed Britain’s ‘dullest’ jobs – studying data, accountancy, cleaning and banking
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The world’s most ‘boring’ man has been described as a data analysis worker who likes sleeping and watching TV in a lifestyle study.
The study into the science of boredom revealed Britain’s dullest jobs – studying data, accountancy, cleaning and banking.
A team at Essex University who looked at the lifestyle of 500 people also found that boredom was also linked to sitting in front of a television, bird-watching and smoking.
Led by the Department of Psychology’s Dr Wijnand Van Tilburg the research revealed that stereotypically ‘boring’ people are generally avoided because others pre-judge them and give them a wide berth.
Dr Van Tilburg said: “Ironically studying boredom is actually very interesting and has many real-life impacts. We found how persuasive perceptions of boredom are and what an impact this can have on people.
“Perceptions can change but people may not take time to speak to those with ‘boring’ jobs and hobbies and avoid them instead so they don’t get a chance to prove people wrong and break these negative stereotypes.
“The very fact that people choose to avoid them can lead to social ostracization and increase loneliness leading to a really negative impact on their lives.”
“The study also showed that people seen as boring seem to have low competence and little interpersonal warmth – but in reality may be at greater risk of harm, addiction and mental health issues.
“And despite the negative perception society needs people to work in accounting and banking. Bankers and accountants are highly capable and have power in society – perhaps we should try not to upset them and stereotype them as boring.”
The top five ‘most boring’ jobs:
1.) Data Analysis
3.) Tax / insurance
The top five ‘most exciting’ jobs
1.) Performing arts
4.) Health professional
The top five ‘most boring’ hobbies
3.) Watching TV
4.) Observing animals