The most boring we find are data analysts, accountants, tax consultants, cleaners, and bankers. They are,
A group of scientists led by Weinand vonTilburga at the University of Essex conducted a series of five experiments. The researchers interviewed 115 people from the United States in order to form a portrait of an uninteresting interlocutor.
Each subject indicated up to 10 characteristics,which are inherent in boring people, named three jobs and hobbies that they can do. The survey resulted in a list of 45 personal qualities, 28 professions and 17 types of hobbies that seem boring to the participants in the experiment.
The researchers asked a second group of 300subjects to rate how interesting they find people who possess each of the obtained traits. A similar experiment was conducted for professions and hobbies. The most boring person turned out to be a data analyst who likes to sleep and is not fond of anything.
In the three remaining experiments, the scientists testedhow stereotypes associated with boredom affect our attitude towards a stranger. It turned out that those who have boring professions or hobbies enjoy great distrust from others. They do not want to talk to such people, they are often avoided.
"Boring people don't get a chance to demonstrateyourself and break negative stereotypes,” says von Tilburg. “People avoid them, which leads to social ostracism and loneliness. In our experiment, participants were willing to endure conversations with potentially uninteresting conversation partners for only £35.”
It is noteworthy that even in such professions,Associated with monotonous and boring work, like accountants and tax consultants, employers are looking for job seekers with a lot of interests.
“I was interested to see that boring people inare generally not considered competent,” von Tilburg points out. “It seemed to me that an accountant can be considered boring, but effective in their work, but the experiment showed the opposite.”
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