PsyPost: Individuals prone to boredom are more likely to break lockdown and social distancing rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic

PsyPost: Individuals prone to boredom are more likely to break lockdown and social distancing rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Boredom might be a more important element of the pandemic than previously thought. This is the conclusion of one study published in Personality and Individual Differences, in which researchers from the University of Waterloo and Duke University compared levels of ‘boredom proneness’ (a relatively stable personality trait) in individuals with their adherence to quarantine and social distancing measures.”

The Atlantic: Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain

The Atlantic: Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain. “This is the fog of late pandemic, and it is brutal. In the spring, we joked about the Before Times, but they were still within reach, easily accessible in our shorter-term memories. In the summer and fall, with restrictions loosening and temperatures rising, we were able to replicate some of what life used to be like, at least in an adulterated form: outdoor drinks, a day at the beach. But now, in the cold, dark, featureless middle of our pandemic winter, we can neither remember what life was like before nor imagine what it’ll be like after.”

New York Times: The Boredom Economy

New York Times: The Boredom Economy. “By limiting social engagements, leisure activities and travel, the pandemic has forced many people to live a more muted life, without the normal deviations from daily monotony. The result is a collective sense of ennui — one that is shaping what we do and what we buy, and even how productive we are.”

Wicklow People: New website aims to beat lockdown boredom

Wicklow People: New website aims to beat lockdown boredom. “A student from Wicklow town has built and programmed a website to help people cope with boredom during Covid-19 lockdown. The website… created by Jack Kennedy features music, youtube videos, movies, TV shows, documentaries, articles, and Wikipedia rabbit holes that are deemed interesting and entertaining. The site also contains content that Jack prepares on a daily basis.”

New York Times: The Social Media Challenges Helping Keep Boredom at Bay

New York Times: The Social Media Challenges Helping Keep Boredom at Bay. “With the coronavirus continuing to upend familiar rhythms of life, leaving schools shuttered, millions out of work and billions stuck at home, those looking for ways to pass the time have gotten creative. In the absence of jam-packed calendars, people are turning to social media challenges in droves. Some bring together families for choreographed dance routines while others spark the inner artist or unlock hidden engineering skills. All of them hold the promise of warding off boredom and — maybe — earning users a moment of online celebrity.”

CNET: Free entertainment to help you survive coronavirus social distancing

CNET: Free entertainment to help you survive coronavirus social distancing. “Hang in there, everyone. While the coronavirus situation seems to be getting worse, the free-entertainment situation is getting better. Nearly every day I learn of some new offering to help keep you occupied while you wait it out at home. Games, movies, comics, virtual tours, live theater, guitar lessons — all that and more, and all you need for most of it is a computer, phone, tablet or TV. I’m updating this post regularly, so bookmark it and check back often for new additions. In the meantime: Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home.”