Science Class: Why we get bored and procrastinate

Watch these videos instead of reaching for Candy Crush or Facebook

I'm writing this on a nice, sunny Monday afternoon in the middle of summer, at a time when I should likely be doing something else - either more productive or less productive (depending on whether you think I should be working or playing). It's the perfect time to think about the science behind boredom and procrastination.


Luckily, there's some science-based YouTubers out there tackling these subjects.

First up, our pal Vsauce (Michael) has published his latest video, tackling a bunch of the science behind the concept of boredom. Not only does he discuss these issues, but he also brings up discussions of solitary confinement and sensory deprivation and its effects on our brains:

As I get older, I tend not to get bored as much as I did when I was younger, and the only time boredom comes up in my life is usually when my kids come up to me with their whiny voices saying, "I'm bored!". For me, boredom isn't as much as an option as procrastination - I usually have a ton of stuff to do, either at work or at home. If feelings of boredom ever entered my head, they'd have to take a number and get in line with all of the other tasks that I need to do. If you're like me, you'll want to learn more about procrastination, so watch this video, courtesy of the guys over at AsapSCIENCE:

If these videos have helped to either curb your boredom or cure your procrastination (or extend it), feel free to watch this extra video, about how science is working on generating electrical charges out of human urine (You had me at pee-powered cell phone):

Yep, I'd say that's a pretty productive use of your time on this 19th of August, 2013.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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