Inspired by the thread about INTPs avoiding people when they cease to be interesting -- and by the fact that a lot of NTs seem to avoid SJs because they're "boring people", when I've never met an SJ who did the same.
So... I'm wondering how often other SJs are strongly motivated by things being "interesting" or "boring". I mean, obviously those are universal human thoughts and everyone thinks things are interesting or boring, but I got to thinking about it when I realized that some types (e.g. a lot of type 7s and NTs that I know) seem really obsessed with avoiding boredom and seeking out things of interest, whereas other types (especially the ENFs I know) don't seem capable of boredom because they find things of interest everywhere. (Also, I got to thinking about it when I realized that if the words "I'm bored" escape my lips, 99% of the time it's because I'm sitting around and deliberately avoiding something that I know I should be doing -- which isn't necessarily boredom, I guess?)
I, for one, focus more on usefulness than personal interest -- because what is useful is by default of interest to me (and if it isn't, sometimes I feel bad about it! why am I not interested in this useful thing??). If I know what I'm doing is of value, it can be as monotonous as it needs to be and I can find a way of making it interesting; I can get lost in my thoughts, I can have conversations with people, I can listen to music. And if what I'm doing isn't interesting or of value, I don't feel bored -- I feel frustrated. So I guess I've never thought being bored was a big deal because my periods of boredom are so brief; I'm very, very good at finding things to do.
I dunno -- my thoughts aren't entirely together on this issue and I was wondering what you all thought. (I suppose I'd be interested in other types chipping in too, if only to have more data to contrast SJs with. For example, if NTs really are the only MBTI types to commonly obsess over avoiding boredom, it isn't fair to say SJs are "special" in that way.)