The history of boredom might surprise you

In the 18th century, the concept of boredom was apparently separated by socio-economic status. The word “ennui” — French for “a draining listlessness” — had been confined mainly among the upper echelons of society. While the working class certainly experienced boredom, it wasn’t perceived negatively; it was a side effect of the monotony of work, but not shameful because work had virtue. Ennui, on the other hand, was tied to morality, being caused by sins such as drunkenness. Read full article here


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