Does Boredom Benefit Creative Thinking?

Rodin sculpture, the Thinker
From the gardens of the Musée Rodin









In Fast Company, writer Vivian Giang posts the article “The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought.”  In it, Giang notes that while past studies associated boredom with frustration and a weariness in facing challenging situations recent research suggests that bored people actually outperform others. Pointedly, that this improvement comes from a creative response to the the boring situation. Here’s a quote from the article lead-in:

“Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.”

What do you think? Do you agree with the article’s premise that boredom can lead to more creative thoughts? Had any experiences of boredom leading you to innovations?