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Having much does boredom cause difficulty focusing, slow thinking?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: A lot

There is no question that boring, repetitious tasks can affect attention and focus.
Understimulation is probably as bad as overstimulation in terms of staying on task. As for slowed thinking, a boring task often requires little mental effort, so that may get diverted to other thoughts and activities, resulting in slow response if the task suddenly demands attention for some reason.

In brief: A lot

There is no question that boring, repetitious tasks can affect attention and focus.
Understimulation is probably as bad as overstimulation in terms of staying on task. As for slowed thinking, a boring task often requires little mental effort, so that may get diverted to other thoughts and activities, resulting in slow response if the task suddenly demands attention for some reason.
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