Humans sometimes blink their eyes. It lubricates the surface of the eye, and gives a welcome break in the monotony to the visual cortex.
Recent research has revealed that a few individuals, perhaps more than a few, have discovered that blinking on purpose can release huge quantities of their body' s own bioactive chemicals, allowing even happy, productive people to experience something very much like actual boredom, for periods ranging from a few seconds up to too many years.
Integrating this new information with live camera footage from telephones, shows a remarkable trend in people just sitting in public places and staring at the world with eyes which are blinking awkwardly, and much too often, to be normal.
This affected boredom is apparently quite addictive, as the number of people enjoying themselves is clearly receding.
Some questions have been raised by this brilliant observation: Why is being uninterested and unenthusiastic about anything suddenly so popular? Have people been blinking for boredom long, or is this a new phenom?
If you doubt the intensity of an extra blink, just pause, relax, and take a good long blink. See? Nothing is happening, anywhere - nothing at all.