Where does Bored Button come from?
Ever catch yourself feeling so bored you feel like you might just actually die? Hit the bored button.
In her 1995 Museum, Media, Message, Eilean Hooper-Greenhill imagined a literal bored button students could hit when they checked out of uninteresting museum programs. A 2005 MIT study created such a bored button, along with a lost and applause button, for students to give feedback on class instruction.
The website Bored Button dates back to 2006. Its landing page features a red button, like the kind on clothing, that someone clicks to be sent to a random and amusing interactive game, activity, or interesting tidbit, such as a neat card trick, sad trombone sound effect, or mind-blowing fact about the size of the universe.
In 2017, a separate app, also called Bored Button by Gabble Studios, debuted. Open up the app, tap its red button, and you'll be served up a mobile game, often of the Candy Crush variety. Still bored? Hit the button and go to a new game.
Guess there's a lot of bored buttons to go around.
Who uses Bored Button?
Online, people humorously reference the website Bored Button (less so the app) to characterize just how much something in culture makes them yawn, like Tom Cruise starring in yet another action flick ...
Fans of Bored Button, in both its website and app forms, apparently find them anything but boring—which puts a nice lil button on that.
boredbutton.com saves lives
@kvanmeter97, June, 2018
the bored button sent me to a scale of the universe now i have anxiety because we’re so small and the universe can swallow us up any second now
@oh_bethanyy, April, 2018
Clicking the red button will instantly take you to one of hundreds of interactive websites specially selected to alleviate boredom. So go ahead and give it a try. Press the Bored Button and be bored no more.