By Jacob E. Osterhout
Wednesday, February 10th 2010, 2:53 PM
There’s a new killer on the loose – boredom.
A new analysis to be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in April warns of a possible link between boredom and an early death.
After analyzing questionnaires, researchers Annie Britton and Martin Shipley of University College London concluded that boredom could be a symptom of other risky behavior.
The Associated Press reports that the researchers examined surveys, completed between 1985 and 1988, of 7,500 London civil servants between the ages of 35 and 55. They found that those who were bored at work during the previous month were two and a half times more likely to die of a heart problem than those who were interested in their jobs.
While boredom alone wouldn’t kill you, it could lead to unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking and drug consumption.
“The state of boredom is almost certainly a proxy for other risk factors,” write Britton and Shipley. “It is likely that those who were bored were also in poor health.”