The Science of Boredom

In our fast-paced, always-on world, stress and burnout are skyrocketing. But now scientists have discovered an unexpected way out of the hamster wheel: boredom. Boredom is much more than pointless idleness. It sparks creativity and refreshes our brains. Yet, too much can lead to “bore-out,” a stress akin to burnout. Find out why we should all goof off more in this fascinating film that proves boredom is anything but dull.

The statistics are concerning: one in three people experiences work-related stress, and over half feel overwhelmed by the digital overload. The toll of multitasking and constant availability is evident, with stress-related illnesses skyrocketing, even among teenagers. One contributing factor to this epidemic could be the disappearance of boredom as we speed up our lives. By constantly reaching for our smartphones and inundating ourselves with social media updates, we deprive our brains of the chance to enter idle mode, with significant repercussions, as cautioned by scientists.

Boredom is not merely about a lack of stimulation but also involves a subjective sense of challenge. It can fuel creativity and social interaction, yet it can also contribute to a range of illnesses, including depression, high blood pressure, addiction, and eating disorders. It has the power to propel individuals to greatness or push them to the brink of despair. In an engaging and visually captivating manner, this film explores the dynamics of overwork, underwork, and boredom through diverse scientific lenses, offering profound insights into our brains, our psyche, and the evolution of humanity.


  • Year: 2025
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: A&O Buero
  • Director: Anni Brück
  • Available Versions: ENG, GER
  • Country of production: Germany