Feature Programs


Tuesday, May 21 at 8pm ET

What is boredom and where does it come from? Despite its satirical tone and entertaining use of reenactment, Boredom offers some serious food for thought on the evolution of boredom, education and the younger generation and our relationship with new technologies.

Once thought to be state of mental inactivity, new studies say boredom is more likely a state of hidden anxiety. In fact new medical evidence suggests boredom causes surges of the stress hormone, cortisol in the blood. Excessive cortisol disrupts concentration, causes premature aging and is related to heart disease. New research currently exclusive to this documentary indicates boredom impedes learning and may in fact be a state of stress.