I got curious about this today as it's something I tend to hear from a lot of people....uh...mainly non-artist types lol. I don't get bored very often really, there's always something to do,look at, draw, paw to, clean, wonder about, discuss with a friend, write about, design, read, or play with etc. But today however, I experienced a bit of boredom that lasted about 30-40 minutes.
It happened when I didn't quite feeling like drawing, wasn't interested in watching any of my usual shows, and couldn't stand playing any games. I'm really not much of a gamer at all really, I get bored very quickly with them for some reason unless it's engaging enough. Most of my time each day is spent between drawing/painting , programming , reading about things I'm interested in, watching House or a cartoon, and/or talking with a friend. Aside from eating,sleeping, showering, pawing, pooping, and peeing (not in that order) , that's enough to keep my attention :D
I dunno..but..like...people that have the attention span of a gnat...I really can't stand sometimes. It's makes me laugh hysterically sometimes hearing a person moan and complain about having no movies to watch or nothing on TV. I'm thinking "don't they know that's a dead end?". I do watch a little TV, but My Little Pony and House are the only two current shows I care to see (what a combo eh?). I can get distracted just walking around walmart and looking at things. Actually, I get that way going just about anywhere. Things just look so darn interesting *makes a spaced out face*. So I guess I have to be really selective with my attention sometimes because it can easily get way out there. It's almost the same feeling when I really get into a painting. (see Flow) I also found a good Scientific American issue that has an article about Boredom.
So this thing that happened today was basically a brief tumble down into attention helplessness. It was a bad feeling...thinking that the wells of cool things had run dry. I also noticed that I kind of..."pre-judged" things before looking at them ( I didn't feel like watching House because I though it would be the same ol stuff). It's kind of ironic that I cured my boredom by finding something to read about boredom lol! Today was also strange in that I woke up early at 8am and slept again until about 6pm, pretty much taking a giant wet bite out of the good part.
So I hope to get down to the roots of what actually makes people prone to be bored or in flow. I so need to read that "Flow" book again that I bought back in 97..grr..must sleep though.