Bored? It Could Kill You!

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Good gracious! The Associated Press, the venerable 160-year-old news service, has brought us some terrifying news via the important-sounding International Journal of Epidemiology! "Experts say there's a possibility that the more bored you are, the more likely you are to die early." You could literally bore yourself to death! Take that in for a moment while you listen to this sound effect.


Oh, no, wait, the AP informs us a few paragraphs later that is actually a gross and ridiculous exaggeration:


Annie Britton and Martin Shipley of University College London caution that boredom alone isn't likely to kill you — but it could be a symptom of other risky behavior like drinking, smoking, taking drugs, or having a psychological problem.

Also, if you are a person whose attempts to alleviate boredom include cuddling black bears in the forest, standing on a highway median, or shoving pencils up your nose into your brain cavity, then boredom could kill you.

Being bored could be bad for your health [AP via Cityfile]