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Boredom kills

Posted by Richard on February 11, 2010

You've heard the expression "bored to death," right? Well, apparently it's not just a figure of speech. According to Asian News International, it really does happen:

Melbourne, Feb 8 (ANI): Boredom can actually kill you, a new study has revealed.

To reach the conclusion, researchers at University College London looked at data from 7524 civil servants, aged between 35 and 55, interviewed between 1985 and 1988 about their levels of boredom.

Civil servants, huh? Well, I suppose if you're researching boredom, you want to study a population where it's prevalent. 

They then found out whether they had died by April last year.

Those who reported feeling a great deal of boredom were 37 per cent more likely to have died by the end of the study, the researchers found.

Those who described their work as exciting and challenging were 42% more likely to have validated the Peter Principle by the end of the study. 

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