Social Relations: Why We Quickly Judge Some People As “Boring”

Photo Credit, Getty Images

Imagine you are at a party and your friend invites you to meet his cousin Barbara. Your friend comes up with some facts: Barbara lives in a small town and works as a data analyst for an insurance agency.

His favorite pastime is watching TV. You find yourself groaning just thinking about this encounter, and that reaction may say something about both you and the data analysts who enjoy a bit of junk TV.

According to recent research, people have many preconceptions about the characteristics of stereotyped boredom. Like other types of stereotypes, these biases may not be objectively true, but they have extremely negative consequences.

To read especially on BBC Africa:

Leave a Comment