Scientists have discovered what they believe is the most boring person in the world.
If you live in a small town, you are an accountant who likes to watch TV, we are afraid that you risk becoming a snooze-inspiring boiler.
Religion, bird watching and smoking are now seen as the most boring hobbies, while working with data analysis, cleaning and banking are also signs that one may not be very interesting.
Dr. Wijnand Van Tilburg, who led the study, said that boring people generally do not like and are avoided by others.
He said: ‘The irony is that studying boredom is actually very interesting and has many real-life impacts.
“This paper shows how compelling perceptions of boredom are and what impact this can have on people.
Perceptions may change, but people may not take the time to talk to them about “boring” jobs and hobbies, but instead choose to avoid them.
‘They do not 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 exclusion and increase loneliness, which can lead to a really negative impact on their lives.”
The study, conducted by the Department of Psychology, also revealed that being perceived as boring means that people are also likely to be considered having low competence and lack of interpersonal warmth.
Unfortunately, the contagion effect is that those who are judged to be boring may have a greater risk of injury, addiction and mental health problems.
Dr. Van Tilburg said: ‘It was interesting to me to see that the study showed that boring people were not seen as competent.
‘I would have thought that accountants would be seen as boring but efficient and the perfect person to do a good job on your tax return.
“The truth of the matter is that people like bankers and accountants are extremely skilled and have power in society – maybe we should try not to disturb them and stereotype them as boring,” added Dr. Van Tilburg.
The peer-reviewed paper has been published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
The most boring jobs:
- Data analysis
- Financial Accounting
- Tax / insurance
Five most exciting jobs
- Performing arts
- Health professional