Study: Religious people are less likely to get bored — which makes them less inclined to search for meaning

first_imgShare Email Pinterest Share on Facebook Religiosity is associated with lower levels of proneness to boredom, according to new research published in the scientific journal Emotion.“Studies show that boredom propels people to seek for activities that are more fulfilling; acts that offer a sense of purpose and meaning. It follows that activities or beliefs that people feel gives them a sense of purpose should help to prevent getting bored. Yet, surprisingly, this had never been tested,” said study author Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg of King’s College London. “We looked at religiosity because religious people tend to describe their beliefs as offering them a sense of meaning in life. Besides that, religion is of course an incredibly widespread phenomenon worldwide and affects many people. So, we were interested if religiosity, a source of meaning in life for many, might prevent boredom.”center_img Share on Twitter LinkedIn “The research had a secondary, more subtle, but nonetheless interesting purpose: If boredom normally makes people search for new purpose or meaning, then could it be that religiosity, through reducing boredom, indirectly prevents people from doing so?”Across three separate studies, with nearly 1,500 participants in total, the researchers found that religious people tended to feel less bored, which in turn was associated with a lower inclination to search for meaning compared to non-religious people. The participants included Christians, Agnostics, Atheists, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus.Non-religious people who were subjected to a mundane task — transcribing an excerpt about lawn mowing — tended to report higher levels of boredom. They were also more likely than religious people to say they wanted to do something of greater significance.“By reducing boredom, religiosity indirectly tempered the ‘quest’ for meaning,” van Tilburg told PsyPost. “To be clear: this does not mean that religious people do not search for meaning in their lives. Rather, the findings suggests that, counter-intuitively, religious people are less inclined to search for meaningful alternatives in situations where others would feel bored.”Religious people were more likely to perceive life as more meaningful to start with, which was in turn associated with less boredom. “The finding that a seemingly minor, everyday life, and mundane experience as boredom connects two variables of such existential and cultural significance as religiosity and meaning in life is, in our view, profound,” van Tilburg said.“The finding that boredom links these two variables showcases how relevant ‘mundane’ emotions are in people’s quests for making sense of their existence, simultaneously further grounding the psychology religiosity and meaning in ‘mundane’ life and revealing boredom as actor with a more significantly role than it is traditionally given.”But the study includes some caveats.“No single study or even series of studies can fully address complicated phenomena such as religiosity, meaning in life, and boredom. For example, people differ in the way they practice their religion: some may focus particularly on the social and community activities that come with it, whereas others may focus more on using religion as a guide through their lives,” van Tilburg explained.“In our research we have not yet made such important distinction. Could it be that the role of religiosity in reducing boredom depends on how people put their religion in practice? Furthermore, our studies focused mostly (though not exclusively) on Christians. Are there differences across religions? These are questions we have yet to find the answers to.”Previous research conducted by van Tilburg found a link between boredom and political extremism. “Throughout this and our other research we consistently find that boredom offers many surprises. It may seem like a mundane perhaps even trivial unpleasant experience but it turns out that it fulfills important psychological and social roles,” he added. “Boredom ‘wakes us up’ by stirring a desire for challenge and more meaningful activity. It propels people towards activities that they believe offer a sense of purpose and this can lead to a range of unexpected outcomes, including derogation of outsiders, retrieving self-soothing nostalgic memories, and turning to more extreme political views.”The study, “Bored like Hell: Religiosity reduces boredom and tempers the quest for meaning“, was authored by Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg, Eric R. Igou, Paul J. Maher, Andrew B. Moynihan, and Dawn G. Martin.last_img read more

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Livescore from EPL clash at Old Trafford

first_imgManchester United welcome a big rival to Old Trafford, for the second time in five days, when Chelsea come visiting this Sunday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were beaten 2-0 by city rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night.The defeat damaged their top-four hopes, while putting City in control of the title race.Chelsea were held 2-2 by Burnley in their last fixture and will be looking to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.Kick off is 4.30pm West African time.Sunday, April 2816:30 Manchester United vs Chelsealast_img read more

BJP leader showers currency notes on folk singer in Vadodara

first_imgVadodara, Oct 2 (PTI) A video-clip purportedly showing a BJP leader showering currency notes on a folk-singer in presence of a party MP during a Ganesh festival event in Harni area here, went viral today. Vadodara district BJP president Satish Patel, however, said he didnt exactly “shower” the money. The clip showed him showering Rs 10 notes on the well-known folk-singer Kirtidan Gadhvi from a bucket. Ranjan Bhatt, BJP MP from Vadodara, was also present at the event. “The programme was held by Mahakali Yuvak Mandal on September 20, where I was just giving money to Kirtidan Gadhvi,” Patel told PTI. “I did not shower the currency notes nor I threw them in the air and the money which was given by the people will be utilised for social causes like cow-protection and treatment of ailing cows,” he said. About Rs 30-40 thousand were collected during the event, he said. On September 27, a video clip showing the BJP MP from Junagadh Rajesh Chudasama showering currency notes on people dancing at an event in Chorwad town had gone viral. But Chudasama defended himself saying it was a tradition. Similar controversy had erupted in April this year when the BJP MP from Jamnagar Poonam Madam was seen in a video showering money at a Lok-Dayro (folk-song) programme. PTI Cor AC PD KRK DBSlast_img read more

Trinamool Congress takes out multiple rallies across Bengal in run up to

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supporters organised a procession in South Kolkata on Wednesday in the run up to the Martyrs’ Day rally on July 21. The rally was led by state Power minister and MLA from Rashbehari Assembly constituency Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay.Rallies were also taken out in all the Assembly constituencies in the state and were led by respected MLAs. The theme of the Martyrs’ Day rally this year will be return of ballot papers replacing Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). The main speaker at the rally will be Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that during the campaign for the general elections, Banerjee had repeatedly said that attempts would be made by the BJP to manipulate the EVMs as BJP national president Amit Shah had said that the party would get 300 seats in Lok Sabha. After the results of the Lok Sabha election, many Opposition parties had alleged about the tampering of the EVMs. They said as the EVMs can be manipulated, many Western countries have brought back the old system of holding elections using ballot papers. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBut none of the Opposition parties have taken up the issue seriously. Banerjee has since proposed to launch a nationwide movement demanding restoration of ballot papers replacing the EVMs. The Martyrs’ Day rally is also important as the party workers and leaders are expecting some instructions by the party supremo as the party is going to face the municipal polls in 2020 and the Assembly elections in 2021. Though Trinamool Congress has increased its poll percentage by 4%, there is fear among a section of party workers about the party’s poll prospect in 2021. Party leaders feel that Banerjee will cheer up the rank and file of the party. Rallies will come from all over the state and converge at Esplanade, where the meeting will be held. Party leaders expect participation of a huge number of supporters in the July 21 meeting.last_img read more