What Does Boredom Do?

What is boredom and is it worth paying attention to? Isn’t boredom just wanting more stimulation and excitement? Well, yes and no. According to this New Yorker article, it may be worth noticing the next time you are bored. Often when we aren’t distracted, we can really examine what’s really going on in ourselves and our feelings (an anxious person’s “bored” may feel very different from a depressed person’s). But the article also examines how there is new brand of boredom popping up in society, one that is unique to this moment in our history.