Abstract

The present study investigated the effects of age and gender on the susceptibility to be bored. A two-way MANOVA indicated main effects for gender and age on the Boredom Proneness Scale (Farmer & Sundberg, 1986). Specifically, males possessed a higher need for varied external stimulation than females. In addition, older individuals were less prone to be bored, particularly with regard to affective responses to boring stimuli and with the passage of time. Gender differences were also found on the Boredom Susceptibility subscale of the Sensation Seeking Scale-Form V (Zuckerman, Eysenck, & Eysenck, 1978), with males scoring significantly higher than females. Consistent with past research (Zuckerman, et al., 1978) age differences were not found on the Boredom Susceptibility subscale.