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Spring 2000


The Wages of Boredom

Tibor Scitovsky, who studied under Joan Robinson at Cambridge and obtained a degree from the London School of Economics in 1936, is professor of emeritus at Stanford University.

Palo Alto - The gratuitous murders our teenage students commit are blamed on many things but none has yet mentioned boredom as its likely cause. Yet food, drink, shelter and sex are not the only ingredients of the good life. Just as essential is some stimulating activity or activities to provide a feeling of excitement. Just as starvation can make a person steal if he has no money to buy food, so finding no interesting activity to stimulating one creates boredom, which often leads to violence as a source of excitement and outlet for one's energy.

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