Friday, June 2, 2017

Facebook study shows your racist aunt might just be bored

Racist, sexist, religious一 all forms of discrimination, prejudice, or hate speech could be attributed to boredom according to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. According to Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg: “Boredom puts people on edge: It makes them seek engagements that are challenging, exciting, and that offer a sense of purpose.” To summarize the research: in order to get through life sanely, you need to have a sense of purpose. If you’re not accomplishing anything substantial, you might feel drained or disinterested, resulting in boredom. Once boredom starts sinking in, your brain will tell you to re-establish a…

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