The world’s most annoying “person” identified by scientists


COLCHESTER, UK — Perhaps the most annoying person in the world is the same person who manages all your finances! A new study examining the “science of boredom” has ranked the jobs, characteristics and hobbies that people consider society’s most boring. This is bad news for data analysts and accountants, who top the list of most boring people.

Researchers at the University of Essex studied more than 500 people across five experiences before crowning the most bland jobs and the most boring personality traits and interests. When it comes to hobbies that are sure to put your friends to sleep, the results show that people who enjoy religion, watching TV, bird watching and smoking are the most boring people.

Additionally, study participants tend to believe that “boring” people avoid living in big cities and prefer to live in small towns. Unfortunately, study author Dr. Wijnand Van Tilburg says this perception of what makes someone boring creates a huge stigma in society. The researcher says that people generally dislike boring people and avoid spending time with them.

“The irony is that studying boredom is actually very interesting and has many real-life impacts,” says Dr. Van Tilburg in an academic statement. “These articles show how persuasive perceptions of boredom are and what impact it can have on people.”

“Perceptions may change, but people may not take the time to talk to those who have ‘boring’ jobs and hobbies, preferring instead to avoid them,” the study continues. “They have no chance of proving people wrong and breaking those negative stereotypes. The very fact that people choose to avoid them can lead to social ostracism and increased loneliness, which has a truly negative impact on their lives.

Boring people are less competent?

The study also revealed a surprising misconception about so-called boring people, which is that they are less competent at their jobs. Despite this stigma, Van Tilburg claims that the people who perform the “most boring” jobs are also performing tasks that are vital in modern society!

“It was interesting to me to see that the study showed that boring people weren’t considered competent,” says Dr. Van Tilburg. “I would have thought accountants would be considered boring, but efficient and the perfect person to do a good job on your tax return.”

“The truth is that people like bankers and accountants are very capable and have power in society – maybe we should try not to upset them and stereotype them as boring!”

Top 5 most boring jobs:

  1. Data analysis
  2. Accounting
  3. Tax/Insurance
  4. Cleaning
  5. Banking

Top 5 of the most exciting jobs:

  1. performing arts
  2. Science
  3. Journalism
  4. Healthcare professional
  5. Education

Top 5 most boring hobbies:

  1. dormant
  2. Religion
  3. Watch television
  4. Observe the animals
  5. Mathematics

The study is published in the Bulletin of Personality and Social Psychology.

Sean N. Ayres