Facebook study shows your racist aunt might just be bored


Racist, sexist, religious一 all forms of discrimination, prejudice, or hate speech could be attributed to boredom according to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. According to Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg: “Boredom puts people on edge: It makes them seek engagements that are challenging, exciting, and that offer a sense of purpose.” To summarize the research: in order to get through life sanely, you need to have a sense of purpose. If you’re not accomplishing anything substantial, you might feel drained or disinterested, resulting in boredom. Once boredom starts sinking in, your brain will tell you to re-establish a…

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