A study showed that participants engaged in daydreaming during 47% of their waking hours. Mind-wandering appeared to be consistent regardless of the participant's activity, with the exception of sex — the only activity during which daydreaming dropped to less than 30% of the time was during sexual activity. The authors of the study also noted a correlation between daydreaming and unhappiness, because many of the respondents who reported daydreaming reported being unhappy later in the day.
More about daydreaming:
- Some studies have demonstrated a positive connection between daydreaming and creativity.
- As they age, people are less likely to daydream. Older people also are less likely to report feeling bored.
- Cognitive behavior therapy can be effective at treating obsessive daydreaming that interferes with a person's daily life or ability to form real-life relationships.