What Boredom Does to You

The science of the wandering mind

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Oct 24, 2018 · 15 min read
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By Manoush Zomorodi

Every emotion has a purpose — an evolutionary benefit,” says Sandi Mann, a psychologist and the author of The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom Is Good. “I wanted to know why we have this emotion of boredom, which seems like such a negative, pointless emotion.”

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