Pandemic boredom: Little evidence that lockdown-related boredom affects risky public health behaviors across 116 countries

PsyCorona Collaboration, Erin C Westgate, Nicholas R Buttrick, Yijun Lin, Gaelle El Helou, Maximilian Agostini, Jocelyn J Bélanger, Ben Gützkow, Jannis Kreienkamp, Georgios Abakoumkin, Jamilah Hanum Abdul Khaiyom, Vjollca Ahmedi, Handan Akkas, Carlos A Almenara, Mohsin Atta, Sabahat Cigdem Bagci, Sima Basel, Edona Berisha Kida, Allan B I Bernardo, Phatthanakit ChobthamkitHoon-Seok Choi, Mioara Cristea, Sára Csaba, Kaja Damnjanovic, Ivan Danyliuk, Arobindu Dash, Daniela Di Santo, Karen M Douglas, Violeta Enea, Daiane Gracieli Faller, Gavan Fitzsimons, Alexandra Gheorghiu, Ángel Gómez, Ali Hamaidia, Qing Han, Mai Helmy, Joevarian Hudiyana, Bertus F Jeronimus, Ding-Yu Jiang, Veljko Jovanović, Yasin Koc, Joshua Krause, Maja Kutlaca, Anton Martinez, Boglárka Nyúl, Anne Margit Reitsema, Michelle K Ryan, Edyta Sasin, Wolfgang Stroebe, Jolien Anne van Breen, Kees Van Veen

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Some public officials have expressed concern that policies mandating collective public health behaviors (e.g., national/regional "lockdown") may result in behavioral fatigue that ultimately renders such policies ineffective. Boredom, specifically, has been singled out as one potential risk factor for noncompliance. We examined whether there was empirical evidence to support this concern during the COVID-19 pandemic in a large cross-national sample of 63,336 community respondents from 116 countries. Although boredom was higher in countries with more COVID-19 cases and in countries that instituted more stringent lockdowns, such boredom did not predict longitudinal within-person decreases in social distancing behavior (or vice versa; n = 8,031) in early spring and summer of 2020. Overall, we found little evidence that changes in boredom predict individual public health behaviors (handwashing, staying home, self-quarantining, and avoiding crowds) over time, or that such behaviors had any reliable longitudinal effects on boredom itself. In summary, contrary to concerns, we found little evidence that boredom posed a public health risk during lockdown and quarantine. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved).

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)2370-2384
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftEmotion
Volume23
Nummer van het tijdschrift8
Vroegere onlinedatum13-mrt.-2023
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StatusPublished - dec.-2023

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