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Dozens of people in Seoul, South Korea, took part in a “Space Out” Competition on Sunday Sep. 18, where they sat for 90 minutes without doing anything.
The competition is a performance arts event that encourages people who live in the city to do nothing and take a break from the stress of everyday life.
Participants are required to sit without talking, sleeping, eating or using any electronic devices for 90 minutes.
They instead hold up a color card to signal their needs, such as red for a massage when sleepy, blue for water, yellow for fanning and black for other requirements, according to the Korea Herald.
The “most stable” competitors are selected based on heart rate data, which is measured every 15 minutes, along with a vote by spectators, and rewarded.
Those who can maintain a stable heart rate or show a gradual downward curve will be rewarded with extra points.
The competition, held by the Seoul government with the event organizers, aims to show people that there is value in doing nothing.
The event was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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