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Bored - Calling Someone

The conversation when you call someone might sound something like this.

"Hello"
"Hi Jane, this is Jill.  Do you have time to talk?"
"Hi Jill, sure, I was just watching TV."
"What are you watching?"
"I was just watching a re-run of friends.  How about you?  What are you doing?"
"Nothing much.  I really wanted to start studying for the Psychology test coming up, but I can't seem to motivate myself."

As you can see, Even though Jill is very bored, she didn't say that she was bored.  To sensitive people, they can misinterpret the situation.  If I am bored and I call you, then that could mean that I am only calling you because I have nothing better to do.  So if you are not very close friends, it is better to say something like, 'nothing much' instead of 'I am bored.'

If you are very close friends with someone, then the conversation can be more direct and honest.

"What are you doing?"
"I'm doing the laundry."
"I'm so bored.  I have nothing to do."
"Why don't you come over and help me with the laundry?"
"I'd rather do my own house chores.  Hey, you wanna take a break from your house work and have coffee at Starbucks with me?"
"Sure, that sounds great.  I'll meet you there in thirty minutes."

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