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Boredom in Interpersonal Encounters. Antecedents and Social Implications

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Leary, MR; Rogers, PA; Canfield, RW; Coe, C
Published in: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
November 1, 1986

We conducted three studies to explore the antecedents and concomitants of interpersonal boredom. In Study 1, 297 subjects rated how bored they would be by an individual who performed each of 43 behaviors. A factor analysis of their ratings revealed nine behavioral factors: passivity, tediousness, distraction, ingratiation, seriousness, negative egocentrism, self-preoccupation, banality, and low affectivity. Of these, egocentric and banal behaviors were judged most boring. In Study 2 we examined the conversational styles of individuals who had been rated previously as boring or interesting. Transcripts of 52 unstructured 5-min laboratory conversations were coded using the Verbal Response Mode Taxonomy. Results showed that boring subjects used proportionally fewer disclosures (expressions of subjective information) and edifications (expressions of objective information), but proportionally more questions and acknowledgments than interesting subjects. In the third study, 72 subjects listened to three interesting and three boring conversations and then rated the participants. Subjects evaluated boring interactants more unfavorably than interesting interactants on virtually every dimension examined. © 1986 American Psychological Association.

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Published In

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

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0022-3514

Publication Date

November 1, 1986

Volume

51

Issue

5

Start / End Page

968 / 975

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1505 Marketing
 

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Leary, M. R., Rogers, P. A., Canfield, R. W., & Coe, C. (1986). Boredom in Interpersonal Encounters. Antecedents and Social Implications. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51(5), 968–975. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.51.5.968
Leary, M. R., P. A. Rogers, R. W. Canfield, and C. Coe. “Boredom in Interpersonal Encounters. Antecedents and Social Implications.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 51, no. 5 (November 1, 1986): 968–75. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.51.5.968.
Leary MR, Rogers PA, Canfield RW, Coe C. Boredom in Interpersonal Encounters. Antecedents and Social Implications. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 1986 Nov 1;51(5):968–75.
Leary, M. R., et al. “Boredom in Interpersonal Encounters. Antecedents and Social Implications.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 51, no. 5, Nov. 1986, pp. 968–75. Scopus, doi:10.1037/0022-3514.51.5.968.
Leary MR, Rogers PA, Canfield RW, Coe C. Boredom in Interpersonal Encounters. Antecedents and Social Implications. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 1986 Nov 1;51(5):968–975.

Published In

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

DOI

ISSN

0022-3514

Publication Date

November 1, 1986

Volume

51

Issue

5

Start / End Page

968 / 975

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1505 Marketing