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Why Poor People Get Bored

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Boredom is an emotional state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, and is not interested in their surroundings. The first recorded use of the word boredom is in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens, written in 1852, in which it appears six times. | Bored, Boredom, Yawn, Sleepy, Poor, Charles Dickens,

Everyone is surrounded by consumer items.

On all sides, we are surrounded by things that cost money and promise to entertain. There is an old proverb that tells us "Idle hands are the devil's playground," and if we find ourselves unemployed, we must find something to do. Most things that are entertaining socially, also cost money. For example, bars, restaurants, and cinemas are very expensive places to meet people. According to Karl Marx, circulation and cash-flow are the great social state of affairs, and people are always exchanging commodities between each other. When you walk around any large city, you are surrounded by consumer items. There are millions of things to buy, and thousands of places designed to confuse disorientate and take away your hard earned money.

Money is used to represent tangible wealth, trade goods, and gold. Before money humans bartered for commodities. Material wealth and consumer goods are the product of labour. Someone one must produce these these things, and if you want something done you can do it yourself or you can pay someone else, but either way it takes work.

Some people who are poor have suffered through unemployment only to find a very low paying job. Moreover, if you are one of the very unlucky who is critically poor then your job many not pay enough to for you to have a home and buy food. There are people in the world who work sixteen hour days and cannot afford anything more luxe than substandard housing, and they especially cannot afford a trip to the cinema or a wild night out. If you are unfortunate enough to live in a sprawling American town a low wage job can feel like a hand pushing your face in the mud. Going to work every day can be very stressful, because gas prices can leave you stranded quickly, unless you find a reliable bike or bus route.

Though being poor can get boring fast, it does not have to be the end of fun, try going outside and enjoying nature. Animals don't need money, and chances are you can also survive and thrive on very little or no money; if it is experience you crave, then the outdoors can provide it. The library is also a great place to go for cheep entertainment, and it can be habit forming. If the price of gas is getting you down, try learning to ride an efficient motorcycle. Just because you are poor, does not mean that you cannot have a little fun; it only means that you need to be more creative.

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Updated May 6, 2017 6:00 AM EDT | More details

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