People often think about things other than what they're doing and it generally makes them unhappy, a new study finds.
People think about things other than what they're doing nearly half the time.
Our minds are most likely to drift off during activities like showering, and least likely to wander during sex.
There's a good chance your mind is drifting right now, suggests a new study. And even if your daydreams are pleasant, you'd likely be happier if you just focused on what you're doing.
The study, which periodically contacted people through their iPhones, encountered wandering minds close to half the time.
When people's minds were disconnected from their actions, they were generally less happy than when they were truly engaged in a task -- no matter what they were doing or what they were daydreaming about.
While previous work has found that people who are depressed tend to have more trouble focusing, the new study is the first to suggest that mind wandering also causes discontent.
"People often think about pursuing happiness in terms of choosing the right activities and external experiences," said Matthew Killingsworth, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard University in Cambridge.